Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:18

Cardinal Tagle back in Rome and "works from home"


Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has returned to Rome after his recent visit to the Philippines.

Fr. Gregory Gaston, rector of Pontifical College of the Philippines (Pontificio Collegio Filipino) in Rome said that Cardinal Tagle is currently working from home as he has started his quarantine after travel as part of the health protocol. Upon arrival in Rome, he was again tested for Covid 19 and yielded negative with the virus.

“The following day he had his swab test at the Vatican, and today (Tuesday in Rome) the results came out, negative for Covid. Earlier, two days before leaving the Philippines, he also tested negative for Covid. He will still maintain self-isolation for some days, working from home at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino,” according to a message sent by Fr. Gaston to Radio Veritas.

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples | File Photo of RCAM-AOC


Cardinal Tagle, who is also the former Archbishop of Manila underwent swab testing a few days before he left for Rome as prerequisite for international travel. After he had the test at the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in Mandaluyong, which was negative with the virus, he was requested to bless the new COVID-19 testing facility and thanked the people of Red Cross for their efforts as well as of all the frontliners who continuously serve the people despite the danger of the virus.

In September, upon the Cardinal's arrival in the Philippines, he was tested positive for COVID-19. He recovered from the illness after he was placed in quarantine for 14 days. He was in the country for a short visit to his parents in Imus, Cavite.

While in the Philippines, Cardinal Tagle who is also the president of Caritas Internationalis and Catholic Biblical Federation was the keynote speaker during the 2020 Online Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Congress on September 25, 2020. He also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral on October 4, 2020, feast of St. Francis of Assisi and at the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Imus, Cavite on October 10, 2020. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

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