Christianity is Gift to the Philippines – Cardinal Tagle

H.E. Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle expresses gratitude to Pope Francis on behalf of the Filipino people in the message that he delivered at the end of the Mass for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 14, 2021.

“The coming of the Christian faith to our land is God’s gift. That the Christian faith was received by the majority of our people and given by them a Filipino character is God’s gift. Now the Philippines has the third largest number of Catholics in the world. This is truly God’s gift. We attribute the enduring faith of the Filipino people only to God’s love, mercy and fidelity, not to any merit of our own”, Cardinal Chito stated

He also said that the Filipino Christians have continued to receive the faith, which is one of the sources of their hope in facing poverty, economic inequality, political upheavals, natural calamities, and even the current pandemic.

The gift of faith that is also shared by the millions of Christian Filipino migrants in different parts of the world.

Cardinal Tagle told the pontiff that the Filipinos bring their filial love from the 7,641 islands of the country and from more than ten million Filipino migrants living in almost one hundred countries in the world.

In conclusion, Tagle told the Pope that when (they) migrants in Rome miss their grandparents, they are glad to know that they can always turn to him as their Lolo Kiko. (Rocelyn V. Garcia/Asst. Coordinator, Social Communications Ministry, St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila)

Photo of Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle from Vatican News

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