Archbishop Luis Tagle prays before his installation Mass Dec. 12.

CNS PHOTO | NOLI YAMSUAN, CATHEDRAL HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Archbishop Luis Tagle prays before his installation Mass Dec. 12.

December 26, 2011

The crowded Manila cathedral erupted in applause and the choir sang "Alleluia" after a priest read the letter from the Holy See appointing Archbishop Luis Tagle the next head of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, retired archbishop of Manila, handed over the seat of the archdiocese to Tagle.

The laity among the 2,000 people in attendance included members of the marginalized segment of the population, for which the archbishop is a major advocate.

During his homily, Tagle asked: "Is this occasion really about me? I know many people are asking, 'Who is this new archbishop of Manila? What is he like? What are his vision and plans?'

But, like John the Baptist, I am inviting you to focus on the one mightier than all of us: Jesus Christ the risen one, and the true shepherd of the Church," he said.