by Margaux Salcedo, Clyde Nolasco
Another honor and huge responsibility for Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle:
Pope Francis has just appointed Cardinal Tagle to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is currently the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and also continues to serve as President of Caritas Internationalis.
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) is a dicastery of the Roman Curia, erected by Pope Paul VI on 19 May 1964 as the Secretariat for Non-Christians, and renamed by Pope John Paul II on 28 June 1988. This is the central office of the Church for the promotion of interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration Nostra aetate (our age).
According to Vatican News, "It is responsible for promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between Catholics and followers of other religious traditions; encouraging the study of religions; and promoting the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue." The current President for the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue is Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, who has held the post since 25 May 2019.
Others who were appointed are: Michael Czerny, SJ, the Under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui; Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Vicar Apostolic of Vientiane; Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop Jakarta and Ordinary of the Military Ordinariate of Indonesia; and Cardinal Jean-Claude Höllerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg. The following bishops from around the world were also named members of the Council: Lawrence Huculak, Archbishop of Winnipeg of the Ukrainians; Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado, Bishop of Vasai; George Frendo, Archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës; Mark Tin Win, Archbishop of Mandalay; Jean-Marc Aveline, Archbishop of Marseille; Paul Yoshinao Otsuka, Bishop of Kyōto; Thomas Chung An-zu, Bishop of Kiayi; Raphy Manjaly, Bishop of Allahabad; Ambrogio Spreafico, Bishop of Frosinone-Veroli-Ferentino; Michael Joseph McKenna, Bishop of Bathurst; William Hanna Shomali, titular Bishop of Lidda; Denis Chidi Isizoh, titular Bishop of Legia; Patrick Joseph McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham; James Massa, titular Bishop of Bardstown; Paul Desfarges, Archbishop of Alger; and Joseph Đình Đúc Đao, Bishop of Xuân Lôc.
The announcement of the appointments was made on Wednesday at the Vatican.
Cover Photo: Vatican News