The Associated Press
Jan. 14, 2015
MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis will be welcomed in this Catholic heartland on Thursday by a Filipino cardinal who might one day succeed him: a boyish-looking priest who rode the bus as a bishop and has impressed many with his intellect, humble life and compassion for the poor.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle sings on stage, preaches on TV and is on Facebook to spread the church's message. His down-to-earth demeanor, poignant homilies and accessibility to the masses reflect many of the same qualities that have enabled Francis to dazzle the world.
Those traits and his keen knowledge of theology helped the 57-year-old archbishop of Manila nurture the faith amid a tide of secularism, competition from other faiths, clergy sex abuse scandals and other crises that have rocked the Catholic world. He has emerged as Asia's most prominent Catholic leader.