Cardinal Tagle celebrates 60th birthday

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Manila Cathedral. 

At the beginning of the Mass, Cardinal Chito as he is fondly called by his brother priests, thanked the Lord for his 60th birthday. 

“Today, I thank the Lord for the gift of 60 years. I stand by the commitment to love God and others always by the grace of God. God is my joy in every circumstance of my life, knowing that He works all things out, always for the good of all.” 

He also remembered in a special way the 12th death anniversary of the late Jaime Cardinal L. Sin by blessing the archbishop’s tomb at the crypt of the Manila Cathedral. 

“Today we remember Cardinal Jaime Sin whose pilgrimage of life and ministry led to union with the Son, encountering the never ending day twelve years ago on the same day.” 

During the Mass, Cardinal Tagle was joined by his parents Manuel Sr. and Milagros and brother Manuel Jr. 

Also present during the Holy Eucharist were Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop John Du of Palo, Leyte, Bishop-Emeritus of Caloocan Teodoro Bacani, Vicar-Emeritus of the Apostolic Vicariates of Puerto Princesa, Bishop Pedro Arigo, Bishop Rey Evangelista of Imus, and Bishop Ambo David of Caloocan. 

The Mass was also attended by His Eminence Cardinal Wilfred Fox Napier, OFM and Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon of Swaziland, both from South Africa. 

Former President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III and his sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz and Viel Aquino-Dee were among the guests who attended and greeted the Cardinal. 

Drug detainees from Sanlakbay sa Pagbabagong Buhay and beneficiaries from Tulay ng Kabataan were also present in the Mass and gave birthday cards to the Cardinal. 

After the Holy Eucharist, Cardinal Tagle invited his family, friends, brother priests and all those who attended the Mass to a simple reception at the Arzobispado de Manila. 

Before Cardinal Tagle went to the Manila Cathedral to celebrate Mass, he was greeted by the employees of the Archdiocese of Manila. The employees danced with the Cardinal while Karakol music was being played. 

Earlier, the Archdiocese of Manila also held its tenth consecutive year of conducting a bloodletting activity as a birthday gift to the Archbishop of Manila.

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