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Pope accepts resignation of Manila's Cardinal Sin

Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Jaime Sin, the Philippines' church leader who helped lead peaceful revolts that ousted two presidents, including longtime dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Sin reached the retirement age of 75 last month, forcing him to submit a compulsory resignation letter to the Vatican as head of the Manila Archdiocese that he has served for nearly three decades. The Vatican named Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales as Sin's successor.

"The Holy Father has graciously accepted my resignation," Sin said in a statement. "As I enter a new chapter in my twilight years, I can say with gratitude that I have given my very best to God and country.

"I beg pardon from those I might have led astray or hurt. Please remember me kindly."

Sin urged the faithful to support Rosales, the 71-year old head of the Archdiocese of Lipa, south of Manila. He has gained a reputation among local priests for his opposition to illegal logging and work to address complaints of sexual misconduct against priests.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's spokesman, Ignacio Bunye, said Sin "guided our people through some of the most difficult period in our history. We wish him well on his retirement."

Sin emerged as one of Asia's most prominent religious leaders and advocates of democracy amid political turbulence in the Philippines.

Known for his vocal stance on many issues, Sin called on Filipinos to surround the police and military headquarters in metropolitan Manila in 1986 to protect then-military Vice Chief of Staff Fidel Ramos and Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, who broke away from Marcos.

That led to the "people power" revolution, which ousted Marcos over alleged corruption and human rights violations. The largely peaceful revolt became a harbinger of change in authoritarian regimes worldwide. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989.

Afflicted with kidney problems and diabetes, Sin has cut back on his public appearances recently but remained a steadfast guardian of democracy.


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16 Sep 2003