"I celebrated my golden jubilee of my priesterhood with a three-day pilgrimage by foot with my former parish and with a High Mass. I look back with gratitude, praying for the MWI scholarship holders and their way with their communities. In favor of a donation for thescholarship holders I dispensed with gifts in order to express my spiritual and material solidarity with still emerging church in the south."
Pastor Günther Ludwig
Luis Antonio Tagle was born in Manila, Philippines, on June 21, 1957. By the help of the Institute of Missiology, he pursued his studies at the Catholic University in Washington from 1887 to 1991.
After his doctorate, he was invited to join the Theological Commission of the Asiatic Bishops Conference. His original plan had been to return to the seminary as a teacher.
On October 22, 2001, he was appointed bishop of Imus by Pope John Paul II. Ten years later, on October 13, 2011, he was appointed archbishop of Manila by Pope Benedict XVI. During the Consistory of November 24, 2012, he was appointed Cardinal of Manila. Only shortly afterwards, he participated at his first conclave. In May 2015, he was elected President of Caritas Internationalis.
Luis Tagle comes from a very "modest" family background, but his parents gave him the most beautiful gift for his future life: they took care of giving an excellent upbringing to their children and of conveying moral values to them, so that both Luis Tagle himself as well as his brother had a solid basis to prepare them for their life in society.
For more information, you may also read the interview (only available in German) with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, which took place during the V. IACM Congress in Nairobi (Kenia) on July 18, 2013. The MWI would like to express its heartfelt thanks to Michael Meyer from the missio department "Theologische Grundlagen (Theological Basics)" for conducting the interview.