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Cardinal Tagle to give retreat to US bishops in Special Assembly

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will serve as the spiritual director of the 2016 Special Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on June 13-17 to be held in the Diocese of Orange in the state of California.

Cardinal Tagle was invited to conduct this year’s Special Assembly by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the USCCB. According to Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown, chairman of the USCCB Special Assembly Planning Committee, the bishops of the United States gather in special assembly every third year in June. “All usual public business otherwise associated with plenary assemblies is dispensed with so that the members may engage in a dedicated time of spiritual retreat, prayerful reflection and fraternal support.  The spiritual director serves as the central figure of the assembly, delivering daily reflections and homilies on a theme central to the episcopal ministry,” he said.

The overall theme of the special assembly is “The Bishops as Missionary Leader for the Human Family.”  Bishop Barres said the theme “gives us the opportunity not only to distill some of the richness of the Synods on the Family and the World Meeting of Families but also to address Pope Francis’ emphasis on our role in ministering to the poor, the wounded and those in crisis.” 

The US bishops in inviting Cardinal Tagle cited his “wide-range of pastoral experiences, your gift for joyful communication and your courage as a Bishop leading the Church in the Philippines.”

Cardinal Tagle has been a much-sought after speaker in international conferences. He has addressed three International Eucharistic Congresses. In September last year he delivered a keynote speech at the CIDSE/CI High Level Dialogue on Climate Change in the United Nations in New York on the topic “Challenbged for a transformative change and integral ecology. A reading of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ in the context of Climate Negotiations.” ##