Sunday, 09 December 2018 09:00

Cardinal Tagle welcomes Papal Legate Cardinal Maeda


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle welcomed Papal Legate, His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka, Japan.

In his welcome remarks before the Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Tagle expressed his profound gratitude to the Holy Father Pope Francis for sending Cardinal Maeda to the Philippines to represent him in Manila Cathedral’s 60th-anniversary celebration. 

“We welcome the Papal Legate, His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka, Japan.  The Archdiocese of Manila thanks the Holy Father Pope Francis for gracing the feast through you.  We also thank you for accepting the mission the Pope has entrusted you,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

Cardinal Maeda is one of the 14 cardinals appointed by the Holy Father in June 2018 and the newest cardinal in Asia. 

Cardinal Tagle also recounted Cardinal Maeda’s visit to the Philippines on April 2018 where he concelebrated a Mass at the Manila Cathedral. A month after, the Holy Father announced that Cardinal Maeda was elevated to the College of Cardinals.

“Your Eminence, last April 12, 2018, I welcomed you here in Manila Cathedral. You came with Japanese pilgrims who were tracing the sites connected to Blessed Justo Ukon Takayama, a Japanese martyr who died in Manila in 1615. A month later, Pope Francis announced that you were being elevated to the College of Cardinals. I would like to think that Manila Cathedral prepared you for a new mission,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Cardinal Tagle also associated Cardinal Maeda’s being an advocate for peace to Manila Cathedral’s rebuilding after the war saying, “Like you, this reconstructed Cathedral is a testament to the power of peace over violence.  We will always rise again after every storm, earthquake, fire and war, because we believe in peace”.

At the end of his message, he told the faithful that Cardinal Maeda is a poet who composes Japanese haiku even in his homilies.

After Cardinal Tagle’s welcome remarks, Cardinal Maeda presided the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales.

On Monday, December 10, the Solemn Dedication of the Altar of the Manila Cathedral according to the Rites of the Second Vatican Council will be held at 5:00 in the afternoon. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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