Tagle: I don't know much about choosing the next Pope

By Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2013 09:06 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2013 05:06 AM

MANILA - Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle admitted that as a newbie cardinal, he still does not know much about the process of selecting a new pope. 

"Inaamin ko po, hindi ko pa alam kung anong gagawin, kung paano boboto," he said, adding that this function is something that he is still studying and contemplating much about. 

Asked by the media about his preparations for the upcoming conclave, he said all he is doing for now is to pray. 

He said he does not even know as to when he will be called to the Vatican.

He said he was “caught by surprise” by Pope Benedict XVI's sudden resignation this month. Nevertheless, Tagle said that this only shows the integrity of the pope, saying that he was just being realistic given his current health condition. "His physical and mental strength was waning," the cardinal said. 

"He showed integrity by not clinging to his position, for the good of the ministry."

Tagle also expressed admiration on the pope's leadership. "The thing that strikes me the most about the pontificate of the pope is that he wanted to bring the Church to go back to the basics."

Tagle was the guest speaker in a leadership forum attended by a number of previous Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardees on Sunday afternoon at the Araneta Center in Cubao. In his talk, he stressed some important elements of leadership.