Senator Richard Gordon has hailed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle over his additional role in the Roman Curia, saying he is proud that Pope Francis has reposed so much confidence in his cousin.
“I’m very proud, not only as a senator, but as a cousin,” Gordon said in a statement.
Gordon said the additional post given to Cardinal Tagle carries a huge responsibility and challenge.
“Bilang Pilipino at kahit na sino ay mahihirapan diyan. Pero alam kong kayang-kaya ni Cardinal Chito yan sapagkat alam naman natin na nananalig siya palagi (As a Filipino, and anybody, will find the job difficult. But I’m confident Cardinal Chito can fulfill his role because he is faithful),” the lawmaker further said.
Cardinal Tagle, the incumbent prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has been appointed by Pope Francis as one of the two new members of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).
APSA is the entity that operates as Vatican’s “central bank” or the equivalent of a treasury. It also oversees real estate holdings and other Vatican assets.
Gordon also commended the latter’s parents for raising children that they can really be proud of. He said the prelate, who hails from Imus, Cavite, with his place in the country’s history, is one of the most notable members of the Tagle clan.
“Natutuwa ako para sa mga magulang ni Cardinal dahil talagang maipagmamalaki nila ang kanilang mga anak, especially si Cardinal Chito at ngayon ay siya pa ang mangangasiwa ng lahat ng mga patrimonial property ng buong Simbahang Katoliko (I’m glad for the Cardinal’s parents because they can really be proud of all their children’s accomplishments, especially with Cardinal Chito, and he is now in charge of all the patrimonial property of the whole Catholic Church),” he said.
“I’m very proud dahil ang ating angkan, ay meron na ngayong di makakailang kontribusyon (because our clan now has a very distinctive contribution),” the lawmaker further said.
Tagle has been in the Vatican since February 2020 when he formally assumed his post as head of Propaganda Fide. Two months later, May 2020, the pontiff elevated him to the order of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the College of Cardinals.
He was also named member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in July last year. Presently, Tagle is serving his second and last term as president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of Catholic charities around the world.