Philippines’ Cardinal Tagle visits Canada

By Ted Alcuitas

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, head of Caritas Internationalis, will be in Montreal, Quebec for the meeting of the Caritas North America Region.

Known to his flock as ‘Chito’, the youthful cardinal (57), has been getting big media following his election to head the global federation of Catholic charities in May 2015.

The meeting next week is hosted by Development and Peace-Caritas Canada, a member of the confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

While in Montreal, the cardinal will hold a Eucharistic Celebration, his only public event, and a reception on April 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Basilica of St. Joseph Oratory in Mount-Royal. The mass will be followed by a simple reception in the nearby hall.

Dubbed the “Asian Francis” for his striking similarity with Pope Francis’ politics and theology, Tagle is considered by Vatican observers as as one of the most influential churchmen today.

Building a “poor church for the poor” is the motto of the Francis era, and from his perch at Caritas, Tagle is now poised to become one of the most influential architects of that push after the pontiff himself, according to Crux. http://www.cruxnow.com