Monday, 10 December 2018 09:13

Cardinal Maeda leads the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Manila Cathedral postwar

His Eminence Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka and Envoy of His Holiness Pope Francis led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the culmination of the 60th anniversary of the Manila Cathedral postwar.

Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

Before the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Cardinal Maeda blessed the unveiled image of the Immaculate Conception at the front door of the cathedral. He was joined by Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle. 

In his message, Cardinal Tagle warmly welcomed the Archbishop of Japan and recounted the first time Cardinal Maeda visited the cathedral on April 2018 where they concelebrated a Mass.

In his homily delivered in Nihongo which was translated into English by Fr. Eric De Guzman, a Filipino priest Ordained in Osaka; Cardinal Maeda spoke of the many connections and relations between Osaka and Manila specifically between Japan and Philippines that were strengthened by the blood shed by martyrs like Takayama Ukon and San Lorenzo Ruiz.

“The gospel of the Lord giving us forgiveness and reconciliation with one another, and from now on I would like to see stronger and more ties between Japan and the Philippines through the guidance of His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and yours truly and I hope and I pray for each and every one, for all the faithful of Japan and the Philippines that further strengthen our ties and further strengthen our faith in our Lord,” Cardinal Maeda said. 

Cardinal Maeda arrived on the evening of December 7 and will be in the country until the morning of December 10.  He will also visit the Chapel of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, San Carlos Seminary, Sto. Domingo Church, and the University of Santo Tomas.  He will be accompanied by Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS, a priest of the Archdiocese of Manila and Episcopal Vicar for Foreign Communities Concern, and Fr. Eric de Guzman, a Filipino priest working in the Archdiocese of Osaka.

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.

“This is a great time for many of us to come together in our Mother Church, as we dedicate the table where, as one people of God, we offer our sacrifices and our prayers,” Father Regie Malicdem, Rector, Manila Cathedral said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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