MANILA – Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has been tapped anew to represent Pope Francis as his special envoy.
The former Manila archbishop will be the Holy Father’s special representative to the National Eucharistic Congress (NEC) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to be held in June.
"The Holy Father has appointed His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, as his special envoy to the National Eucharistic Congress of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to be held in Lubumbashi from 4 to 11 June 2023," said in a statement released by the Vatican.
The 2023 NEC will be the third event to be held in the Central African nation.
The event was originally scheduled in June 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The first NEC was held in Kisantu back in 1933, followed by the second meeting that took place in Kinshasa in 1980.
It can be recalled that Pope Francis held a pastoral visit to Congo last Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.
Tagle also served as the Pope's special envoy to the 50th General Conference of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) held in Bangkok, Thailand in October last year. (PNA)