Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle formally takes possession of the archdiocese today. Tagle’s installation at 9 a.m. will be preceded by a “karakol” dance-procession that will start at San Agustin Church. The procession will be joined by more than 1,500 priests, religious men and women, and lay faithful from Tagle’s previous diocese of Imus. In front of the cathedral, there will be a civic reception by the mayors of the five cities covered by the archdiocese—Manila, Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong and San Juan. The mayors, Malicdem said, will hand over to Tagle the symbolic keys to their cities “signifying the cooperation and collaboration of Church and civic authorities in the promotion of the common good and the pursuit of peace and justice.” Tagle will then enter the doors of the cathedral, where two auxiliary bishops and the cathedral’s rector will escort him through rites of liturgical reception before the actual canonical installation begins. Tagle, 54, is the 32nd archbishop of Manila, considered the principal see of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. He is also the fourth Filipino archbishop, the first Manila archbishop to be named by Pope Benedict XVI, and the youngest archbishop of Manila since Irish-born Michael James O’Doherty, who was only 42 when he was appointed in 1916. (excerpt from The Philippine Daily Inquirer).
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