Cardinal Rosales celebrates 90th Birthday

A thanksgiving Mass in celebration of the 90th birthday of Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales was held at the St. Francis de Sales Regional Seminary in Lipa, Batangas on August 10, 2022, at 4 p.m.

The Mass was presided by Cardinal Rosales himself and was attended by his family, relatives, friends, priests and bishops from Manila and other dioceses.

In his homily, the former archbishop of Manila thanked the Lord for the 90 years of existence.

“90 years old. How do you thank God for 90 years,” said Cardinal Rosales.

The Cardinal also thanked the Lord for the gift of good health and all the blessings bestowed upon him. Among those he received and was able to share with the people was the Pondo ng Pinoy which he launched in June 2004. PnP aims not just to help the poor people but to catechize them that giving should not be out of compassion but out of love.

The Cardinal then encouraged the faithful to continue to give to PnP to give support and assistance to the less fortunate people.

“Ang Pondo ng Pinoy ay ganyan sinisikap gawin sa araw-araw ang paglingap sa nangangailangan sapagkat ayon nga sa pilosopiya nito ‘Anumang magaling magaling kahit maliit basta’ t malimit ay patungong langit’. Ito ang dapat nating gawin suportahan ang mga programang makatutugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa,” Cardinal Rosales the the Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications.

Cardinal Rosales was born in Batangas in 1932. In 1974, he was named auxiliary bishop of Manila and in 1980, he was appointed rector of San Carlos Seminary.

On June 9, 1982, Cardinal Rosales became coadjutor bishop of Malaybalay in Bukidnon, Mindanao, and was canonically installed as its second bishop on September 14, 1984.

On December 30, 1992, he was appointed archbishop of Lipa and was named the 31st archbishop of Manila on September 15, 2003, by Pope John Paul II.

On February 22, 2006, Cardinal Rosales’ elevation to the College of Cardinals was announced.

Two months after his 79th birthday, Pope Benedict XVI finally accepted his resignation. After his retirement, Cardinal Rosales stayed at St. Francis de Sales Regional Major Seminary. (Jheng Pradpo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)



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