Monday, 10 February 2020 02:39

Cardinal Tagle Leaves Philippines to Start in Vatican Post

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle left for Rome, Italy, evening of February 9, 2020 to take on his new mission as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

“Tonight I say goodbye. Work starts for me this week at the Congregation. It was an honor and blessing to have known you and have collaborated with you. I will always treasure my time with you. You can count on my prayers,” Cardinal Tagle said in his farewell message to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila.

“Please pray for me and my mission as well. Let us pray for docility to the Holy Spirit as we continue our life as an Archdiocese and await the next Archbishop. Stay well and joyful,” he added.

 His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates his last Mass as Archbishop of Manila at the Manila Cathedral on February 9, 2020, at 7 a.m.
Photo Credit: Manila Cathedral

In the morning of February 9, Cardinal Tagle celebrated his last Mass as Archbishop of Manila at the Manila Cathedral. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, the Cardinal’s personal secretary and rector of the Cathedral, unveiled his coat of arms set on marbles at the central nave.

“This signifies that you will be remembered in all the prayers and Masses offered in this cathedral. This is also a sign that you continue to be a clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila. You still belong to us. And this is an assurance that you always have a home in this cathedral,” Fr. Malicdem said in his message posted at the Facebook page of Manila Cathedral.

On December 8, 2019, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis announced Cardinal Tagle’s appointment as the new Prefect of the Propagation of Faith. He succeeds Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni (2011-2019). (Jheng M. Prado/RCAMAOC)


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