Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
Archbishop of Manila
Aug 10, 1932
Mar 24, 2006
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English Philippines gets new cardinal
Feb 24, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales as Cardinal. This piece of good news was made by outgoing Vatican Representative to the Philippines Archbishop Antonio Franco during a mass held at the Manila Cathedral.

(Sunstar, February 23, 2006) In a consistory held Wednesday in Vatican, the Pontiff named Rosales as among the new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. He will be known as Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

Rosales, who turned 73 last August 10, the successor of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, the third Filipino cardinal to head the Manila Archbishop. Rosales is the sixth Filipino bishop to be elevated to the College of Cardinals.

The first Filipino cardinal was Rufino Santos. Other Filipinos who became cardinals were Julio Rosales, Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and Jose Cardinal Sanchez, who is the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy of the Holy See.

According to the Nuncio, Cardinal-elect Rosales will be formally invested during the next consistory in Rome on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation.

The newly elected cardinals, the Nuncio added, will each be given a red hat and a ring.

As a member of the College of Cardinals, Rosales will assist the Pope in governing the Catholic Church, be in-charge of various Congregations of the Roma Curia, and help elect the successor of the Pope.

Rosales, who was installed as the 31st Archbishop of Manila on Nov. 21, 2004 as successor of Cardinal Sin who retired two years ago, used to be archbishop of Lipa.

He was ordained priest on March 23, 1958 at the age of 25 and was appointed auxiliary bishop of Manila in 1974.

In 1984, he was appointed bishop of Malaybalay and then promoted as archbishop of Lipa on December 1992 where he was born and raised by his parents -
Godofredo D. Rosales and Remedios M. Borbon.

He has six siblings, namely, Guillermo, Gabriel, Gilbert, Rosie, Teresita and Grace.

Rosales once served as bishop in-charge of Antipolo-East Rizal District. On June 1982, he was appointed coadjutor bishop of the then prelature (later) diocese of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

Rosales also served for 14 years as a seminary formation agent and rector of two seminaries. (MSN/Sunnex)
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