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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
CEBUANO faithful are hoping the 115 cardinal-electors would pick a young pope to replace Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who resigned last Feb. 28.
All cardinals below the age of 80 are qualified to be elected pope.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, at 55, is the second youngest among them.
Now you have a clear idea who they hoped would become the next pope.
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said an ideal pope needs to be a good theologian and an effective communicator “because this is they way he would tell the basic, the fundamental teachings of the church.”
Cardinal Tagle has been described as a charismatic person and a much sought after speaker.
He is also proficient in Italian, French, English and, of course, Tagalog.
Cardinals are prohibited from campaigning for the papacy. Those who’d campaign for the papacy are doomed.
As Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said, those who enter the conclave a “papabile” leave the conclave a papabile.
That makes us wonder if they have some strict enforcers like Comelec 7 Director Temie Lambino, who is running after illegal campaign posters streamers and tarpaulins.
Rep. Tomas Osmeña who is running for Cebu City mayor against incumbent Mayor Mike Rama, has disowned the “Type O” tarps, many of them oversized, strewn all over the city.
He said the posters will stay even if the local campaign period officially starts on March 30 because even the Comelec cannot ban a registered commercial trademark.
Let’s see if Director Lambino, who is “allergic” to illegal posters, will agree with him.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 13, 2013.