Cardinal Tagle leaves Manila archbishop post for Rome

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) — Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has left his Manila Archbishop seat and the Philippines for Rome to fulfill his new task of promoting the mission of the Church in the world.

The Archdiocese of Manila's Office of Communications said Tagle left Manila for Rome on Sunday night to take on his new mission at the Vatican after he was appointed by Pope Francis in December 2018 as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, one of the leading departments in the Roman Curia.

He succeeds Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni. He is the second Asian to hold the post, with the other being Cardinal Ivan Dias who served from 2006 to 2011.

Tagle said his work begins this week and asked for prayers.

"You can count on my prayers. Please pray for me and my mission as well. Let us pray for docility to the Holy Spirit as we continue our life as an Archdiocese and await the next Archbishop," he said in a message.

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Broderick Pabillo as "Apostolic Administrator" of the Manila archdiocese. He is set to appoint a new Manila archbishop soon.