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February 28th, 2013
12:16 PM ET

Father Edward Beck on why he believes the world's second youngest cardinal could be the next pope

On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI began facing his final hours of as the sitting religious leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Earlier that morning Pope Benedict XVI met with more than 100 cardinals who must now choose his replacement. His decision to stand down - the first pope to do so in six centuries - has thrown the Roman Catholic Church into a whirl of activity. This morning, the CNN contributor Father Edward Beck joins “Starting Point” to talk about his resignation.

Regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, Beck says, “there's a lot of talk that the Catholic Church is in the developing world, in Africa and Asia, so I want to go out a limb and I want to throw someone out from the developing nation of the Philippines, Cardinal Tagle.”

In November of last year at age 55, Tagle became the world's second youngest cardinal. Beck says Tagle also interesting because "he is so humble.”

“When he was bishop in… the Philippines, he would ride his bicycle. He would encounter all the people on the streets. He would invite the poor in his residence to eat,” Father Beck says.

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  1. Mari

    I'm sure a lot of Filipinos are thrilled with the thought that Cardinal Tagle could be considered as the next Pope. In fact, I will not be surprised if a huge majority of my countrymen are praying for this to happen as I write this. But I think we are all in agreement when we say that if God wills it, it will happen.

    Cardinal Tagle, whom I have had the chance of hearing mass in my local church on a few occasions, did strike me to have a humble heart. His homilies have a sincere simpicity to them. We have heard of those bicycle stories and it's a refreshing take on the how our religious leaders work in these times. What's interesting to know that before he became Cardinal, he would take time to record his sermons and post them on Youtube.

    If he does get elected as pope, it would both be a loss for us Filipinos but we would gladly share him with the rest of the world.

    February 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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