By Balitang America Staff
March 11, 2013
It’s not American Idol. The stakes are much higher, but the youthful supporters of the Philippines’ contender for the papacy are running a campaign reminiscent of the rock-the-vote methods of reality show contestants.
Online support for Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of the Philippines to succeed Pope Benedict XVI has been strong, thanks to the campaign his supporters launched online.
The 55-year old cardinal is considered by Vatican observers as one of the top 16 contenders, according to CBSnews.com.
Tagle now has over 125,000 Facebook followers, many of whom are vocal about their support.
The website Batangas Varsitarian has also been campaigning for weeks, asking users to flood their social media to push for Tagle’s candidacy. The website is also asking people to contact other cardinals who are part of the conclave.
As part of the campaign for Tagle, a music video set to the tune of YMCA was created. The video is receiving worldwide attention.
Though Vatican observers said Tagle may be too young and inexperienced for the job, he has been praised by the group called
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) for addressing sexual abuse charges in the Philippines.