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Filipinos hoping Tagle will be pope

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Bishops and all Catholics in the Philippines are hoping that a Filipino will be the next pope, a senior church figure said on Tuesday, as he promoted the credentials of the country's only candidate. 

Archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle, greets visitors druing the courtesy visit after being appointed by the pontif, on November 24, 2012, at the Apostolico palace at the Vatican. Bishops and all Catholics in the Philippines are hoping that Tagle will be the next pope, a senior church figure said on Tuesday, as he promoted the credentials of the country's only candidate.

Heads of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines held a press conference in which they expressed sadness at Monday's shock announcement by 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI that he would resign because of health reasons.

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