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New Manila archbishop installed today

- Ghio Ong, Helen Flores -

MANILA, Philippines - Luis Antonio Tagle will be formally installed today as the 32nd archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, replacing Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales.

Tagle’s installation service is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with a “caracol” procession that will start at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros.

Caracol is a traditional Caviteño dance-procession with the statue of Our Lady of the Pillar.

Tagle was bishop of Imus, Cavite for 10 years.

Fr. Reginald Malicdem, private secretary to the Archbishop of Manila, said around 1,500 lay people will join the Caracol dance.

“It will pass by the Arzobispado de Manila (the Archbishop’s Residence also in Intramuros) where Archbishop Tagle will join them. And then it will proceed to the Cathedral,” Malicdem said.

Tagle, 54, succeeded Rosales, 79, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 13, 2011.

He finished his philosophical and theological studies at the San Jose Major Seminary at the Ateneo de Manila University.

He was born on June 21, 1957 and was ordained a priest on Feb. 27, 1982 at the age of 25.

Tagle earned his doctorate degree in sacred theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, where he studied from 1985 to 1992.

He has been a member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican since 1997 and served as an expert at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Asia in Rome.

Tagle currently chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Commission on Doctrine of the Faith.

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