Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Louis Cardinal Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and second youngest cardinal of the Catholic Church, was apparently confused by Pope Francis with a seminarian. When the 55-year-old Tagle wearing a casual sweater met with the Pope in guest house, I greeted him with this "young man". Francis passed over quickly the embarrassment of Tagle given his lack of clerical clothing, "That looks sporty! I like you, "the Pope had replied, when Tagle revealed his identity. Otherwise the Philippine Cardinal has fond memories of his stay in Rome on the occasion of the Conclave in March. A group of young people have dubbed him as "China's Pope." He was outed by other guests as cardinal in a restaurant. "The dessert I got for free," Tagle related.