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Filipino Cardinal Tagle could be the next Pope

The Catholic Herald reported that Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, former Manila archbishop, is one of the two popular names that can be the next pope.

Another is Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, the archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest.

The report comes amid speculation of the imminent retirement of Pope Francis, who has difficulty walking because of his knee.

Pope Francis recently appointed Tagle as one of the 22 members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments of Vatican City.

In the latest Newsweek it was stated that Cardinal Tagle was given "5/1 odds" to be elected the next Pope by British bookmakers OLBG.

It was also seen that Tagle is a "top papal contender" due to his series of promotions which is a clear indication.

Besides Tagle and Erdő, Pope Francis is also said to be choosing Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the current Vatican secretary of state, as a replacement.


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