Tagle is first Asian president of Caritas Internationalis

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Posted at May 15 2015 09:43 AM | Updated as of May 15 2015 11:57 PM

MANILA - Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has been elected president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of global Catholic charities, a CBCPNews report said.

Tagle was elected by more than 300 Caritas delegates from around the world at the second day of their general assembly in Rome on Thursday.

The first Asian elected to head the confederation of worldwide Catholic charities will replace the agency’s current president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa after serving his second and last term.

Cardinal Tagle will become the global representative of the Caritas confederation of 165 members as its head when he officially takes office at the end of the assembly on May 17.

Fr. Edu Gariguez, Caritas Philippines executive secretary, earlier said the "clamor" for the cardinal to be nominated was led by Caritas Asia when the process started early this year.

Mr. Chacko Joseph, head of Caritas Internationalis’ Solidarity Team for Emergency Preparedness (STEP) program in the Philippines, said Tagle has many supporters from most Caritas networks.

“I strongly believe that Cardinal Tagle is the darling for Europe. He is well-versed with everybody there and he is a down to earth person,” Joseph said.

According to him, the cardinal will be "a huge advantage" for Caritas because of his close ties with Pope Francis “and they really understand each other”. With a report by CBCPNews