Saturday, 12 September 2020 02:42

Cardinal Tagle tests positive for COVID-19

Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People has tested positive for the coronavirus after his arrival in the Philippines.

In a post published on the Vatican News, Matteo Bruni, Director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed on Friday, September 11, that Cardinal Tagle has tested positive for COVID-19 after a swab test.

"Cardinal Tagle actually tested positive for Covid-19 with a pharyngeal swab carried out yesterday on his arrival in Manila,” Bruni said in a brief statement.

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle | File Photo: RCAM-AOC


Cardinal Tagle, former Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis becomes the first head of the Vatican dicastery infected by the coronavirus’.

According to Bruni, Cardinal Tagle “does not have any symptoms and will remain in mandatory self-quarantine in the Philippines, where he is located”.  He added that “necessary checks are being carried out among those who have come into contact with His Eminence in recent days.” 

Bruni said that Cardinal Tagle “had undergone a swab test in Rome on September 7, which turned out negative.”

In a statement released by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Acting President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), he said that Cardinal Tagle came to Manila to have a late summer break and might have picked up the virus at the airport or in the plane.

“In all likelihood, he may have picked up COVID 19 right in the airport or in the plane. He probably could not avoid being greeted by people, especially OFWs, who recognized him at the airport or inside the plane,” he said.

Bishop David added that Cardinal Tagle, who is asymptomatic, also came home to visit his elderly parents in Imus, Cavite, and is now in isolation in the next 14 days. He asked his brother priests and the faithful for the Cardinal’s recovery.

“May I ask you to please have him included in all your daily Mass intentions until he recovers fully from COVID19 so that he can resume his important ministry for the universal church?” he said.

On September 8, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he led an online recollection called “Kaunting Pahinga,” organized by Caritas Philippines and the Dilaab Foundation. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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