Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced people on Holy Thursday

This photo was taken during the Washing of the Feet in 2016 held at the Manila Cathedral.


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced people on March 29, Holy Thursday.

Cardinal Tagle who is also the President of Caritas Internationalis continues to advocate the call of Pope Francis in his New Year message to look after the situation of migrants and refugees whom he calls “men and women in search of peace.”

The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to be held at the Manila Cathedral at 5 pm. 

This year, the Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception has posted in their Facebook account the list of the twelve people representing the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ whose feet will be washing by Cardinal Tagle. They are the following:

• Mr. and Mrs. Crisanto and Eva Demafelis, parents of Joanna Demafelis, the Filipina OFW in Kuwait who was found dead in a freezer.

• Mr. and Mrs. Irfan Masih and Shazia Irfan, who sought refuge in the Philippines because of religious persecution in their homeland.

• Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Janet Pelayo, with their daughter, Danica, a family relocated from their home in Paco, Manila to Cabuyao Laguna.

• Isidro Indao and Kaylo Bontolan, both Lumad leaders who fled their homelands because of massive militarization and destruction by logging and mining companies.

• Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni and Yolicres Badidles, both came from the Philippine Navy

• Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub, a priest from the Prelature of Marawi, has worked tirelessly for the Christian dialogue in Mindanao.

It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles. It reminds the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in a spirit of humility.

Cardinal Tagle will also preside at other liturgical services at the Manila Cathedral during the Holy Week: Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, 6 am and Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5 pm; Good Friday, March 30, 3 pm; and Easter Vigil on Black Saturday, March 31, 8 pm. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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