MANILA (UPDATE) – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and Cardinal Ricardo Vidal left for the Vatican on Tuesday to attend the conclave to elect the next pope.
Tagle and Vidal left the Philippines at 7:55 p.m. on board Cathay Pacific Airlines flight CX902 bound for Hong Kong with a connecting flight to Rome.
Vidal, who was in a wheelchair when he arrived at the airport, urged all Filipinos to pray that Tagle be elected as next pope.
Tagle, in an interview with airport reporters, also said we should all pray for the Church, adding that he is amazed by the media attention that his departure was getting.
Several airport workers lined up and extended their hands to be blessed by Tagle prior to their departure. -- Report from Raoul Esperas