Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will lead the launch of the Year of the Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BEC) in a Eucharistic Celebration on November 26, 2016 at the Aquinas School Gymnasium in San Juan City at 9 a.m. The Year of

Archdiocese of Manila receives 1st copy of the Holy Father’s apostolic letter on mercy and peace.


“Implement this in Manila.”


Pope Francis tells Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as he receives the first copy of the apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery) during the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on November 20, 2016.


“MISERICORDIA ET MISERA is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11). It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt way of expressing the mystery of God’s love when it touches the sinner: “the two of them alone remained: mercy with misery””.

Writing from Rome, Cardinal Tagle said the first copies of this letter signed by Pope Francis  "were given to 7 dioceses, organizations, and sectors."


"He chose the Archdiocese of Manila to receive the first one," Tagle said.


He added, "Manila represents evangelization in the big metropolitan centers of the world".


"It came as a surprise. I was informed of it only at the beginning of the Mass,” he said.


"When the Holy Father handed the copy to me,” he said, “Implement this in Manila.” 


“The gift and mission have been given, let us now fulfill it," Tagle said.


The cardinal said: "To the merciful God be all praise and thanksgiving. Miserable sinners that we are, we have received mercy in this singular mission. May Mary, the Mother of mercy, protect us!"





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