By: N.J. Viehland
PACO, Manila – Manila’s archbishop, Luis Antonio Tagle, left as an archbishop and returned home an appointed cardinal. Just two days after returning form the synod on the New Evangelization in Rome, Cardinal Tagle led the launch of Manila archdiocese’s Year of Faith celebration at San Fernando de Dilao parish church in Paco, Manila on Nov. 3.
It was a festive mood in the packed church where priests, nuns, other Religious gathered with lay church members for Mass. On the church grounds outside kids’ bands playing drums, xylophones, bugles filled the air with music and rhythm as church bells pealed to announce the start of the year-long worldwide celebration officially from Oct. 11, 2012 – Nov. 24, 2013 (Feast of Christ the King). After Mass people watched and danced or hung out around the book sale tents, with their packed picnic lunch of rice, meat and veggies handed out to churchgoers.
Read more about the event and Cardinal designate Tagle here Elevation of Cardinal designate Tagle a surprise in the Year of Faith
The challenge now: take the Year of Faith from here:
Children’s bands fill Paco Church grounds with festive music to launch Year of Faith in Manila archdiocese under the lead of Cardinal-designate Luis Antonio Tagle. N. J. Viehland Photo
Flute and violin accompanied the choir for launching Mass for Year of Faith at San Fernando de Dilao Paco parish church in Manila led by Cardinal designate Luis Antonio Tagle on Nov. 3, 2012 / N. J. Viehland Photo
Former Ambassador to the Vatican Howard Dee (seated) representing the government sector accepted the set of books from Cardinal designate Luis Antonio Tagle during the Mass to launch Year of Faith at San Fernando de Dilao church in Manila on Nov. 3, 2012. Here he speaks with long-time official photographer of Manila archdiocese, Noli Yamsuan. / N.J. Viehland Photo
Cardinal designate Luis Antonio Tagle urged churchgoers at the Nov. 3 launching Mass for Year of Faith to proclaim shamelessly to the world that they are Catholics through words, through their joy and compassion for people, especially the poor. / N.J. Viehland Photo
Patrick Esplanada (rightmost) after listening to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Mass launching Year of Faith at San Fernando de Dilao church in Paco, Manila Nov. 3 said he hopes to join Our Lady of Guadalupe minor seminary / N. J. Viehland Photo
Girls and boys perform to the theme song for Year of Faith at the launching of the celeberation at San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco, Manila Nov. 3 led by Cardinal designate Luis Antonio Tagle / N. J. Viehland Photo
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila invites Church members to spread the faith through pamphlets prepared by the archdiocese to guide people through basics of the faith and church services. San Fernando de Dilao, Manila Mass Nov. 3, 2012 launching Year of Faith in the archdiocese / N.J. Viehland Photos
AND BRING THE FAITH TO HOMES: ”If faith is alive, our families are more alive, our society is more alive, our sense of responsibility for our neighbor is more alive and our care for nature and the environment is more alive” – Cardinal designate Luis Antonio Tagle homily for Mass to launch Year of Faith celebration in Manila [unofficial translation from Tagalog] N.J. Viehland Photo
BRING THE FAITH TO RELATIONSHIPS: “Year of Faith is for all of us. Let us rejoice. Let’s not be ashamed of our faith” – Cardinal designate Luis Antonio Tagle enjoined churchgoers at the Mass launching of Year of Faith celebration at San Fernando de Dilao church, Manila on Nov. 3 / N.J. Viehland Photo
BRING THE FAITH TO BUSINESS & SOCIETY: “How can we believe in God who we do not see when we cannot trust people who we can see? Could it be that we need to help each other in this Year of Faith to resume faith and trust that is slowly disappearing from the world?” – Cardinal designate Luis Antonio Tagle, homily for the Mass launching Year of Faith at San Fernando de Dilao church in Paco, Manila [unofficial translation] / N. J. Viehland Photo