The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 13, 2013
 

Photo gallery: Philippines Catholics hope, pray for Asia's first pope

 
 

MANILA (REUTERS) - With attention turning from Europe to the "new" world, worshippers in the Philippines prayed quietly and took to social media on Tuesday in the hope their cardinal might be chosen as the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

Many Catholics in the Philippines, the largest Christian community in Asia, were shocked by Pope Benedict's resignation, including their charismatic leader, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.