9,000 people came to hear Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

By: N.J. Viehland

Choir in the back, Mother Butler Guild members, some people in wheelchairs, groups in the Church's ministry to the deaf and security personnel at the Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle April 21, 2013 at Smart-Araneta Center, Quezon City, northeast of Manila / N.J. Viehland Photos

Choir in the back, Mother Butler Guild members, some people in wheelchairs, groups in the Church’s ministry to the deaf and security personnel at the Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle April 21, 2013 at Smart-Araneta Center, Quezon City, northeast of Manila / N.J. Viehland Photos

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s Easter Recollection was expecting a large crowd at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last Sunday, April 21, but 9,000 people ? That is awesome.

More than the numbers, though, the mix of people I saw and spoke to was impressive: people in their 80’s, young adults in their 20’s, children, couples holding hands, nuns…

Outside the big arena, there was a lot of excitement, especially by the food stalls and tables for book and multi-media sales. Not surprising, the chatter included admiration and pride over how their cardinal was cited in the past month as possible next pope.

But inside the huge hall, especially while Cardinal Tagle spoke, all were still and quiet, interrupted periodically by bursts of laughter and applause. At one point when Cardinal Tagle shifted to a serious tone while challenging the audience to be missionaries and witness to Christ, he asked, why did you all suddenly get quiet?

The 9,000 people who spent their Sunday in an Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle April 21, 2013 included nuns, couples, young adults shown here during the break at Smart-Araneta Center. / N.J. Viehland Photo

The 9,000 people who spent their Sunday in an Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle April 21, 2013 included nuns, couples, young adults shown here during the break at Smart-Araneta Center. / N.J. Viehland Photo

Somehow, inside the big dome noted for big league and college basketball, pop concerts and the legendary “Thrilla in Manila” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975, it seemed like everyone knew each other – like neighbors in one community.

Cardinal Tagle spoke in three parts:

Focusing on Christ’s instruction to the disciples to “Go to Galilee”, he reflected on “Galilees in our life” including the hurts and frustrations, fears and failures. Cardinal Tagle said as Jesus met the disciples in Galilee after resurrecting from the dead, he also meets us and stays with us in these places of hurt, frustration, fears and failures. He helps us to know more about Him. This prepares us to “go to the ends of the earth” to tell all people about God’s love and justice, by showing these to them in the way we live and relate with others.

Cardinal Tagle urged thousands of Catholics at the coliseum and many others listening on the radio to go out and serve in mission. [Click the link to read about it.]

Several people I spoke with said they felt “inspired” to become priests, or “challenged” to be patient and influential teachers.

Catechist Mirasol Bautista and Sherry Canchela of Pansol, Quezon City hope to have patience and be effective teacher to hundreds of students after listening to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the April 21, 2013 Easter Recollection in Smart-Araneta Coliseum / N. J. Viehland Photo

Catechist Mirasol Bautista and Sherry Canchela of Pansol, Quezon City hope to have patience and be effective teacher to hundreds of students after listening to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the April 21, 2013 Easter Recollection in Smart-Araneta Coliseum / N. J. Viehland Photo

Aljon Carpio [left], 22 year-old religion teacher at Notre Dame of Greater Manila with Jose Miguel Pacheco, 4th year high school at University of Santo Tomas felt "inspired" and amused with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's storytelling at the April 21, 2013 Easter Recollection in Smart-Araneta Coliseum.  / N.J. Viehland Photo

Aljon Carpio [left], 22 year-old religion teacher at Notre Dame of Greater Manila with Jose Miguel Pacheco, 4th year high school at University of Santo Tomas felt “inspired” and amused with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s storytelling at the April 21, 2013 Easter Recollection in Smart-Araneta Coliseum. / N.J. Viehland Photo

Finally, Cardinal Tagle celebrated Mass with Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, which covers Quezon City, and Fr. Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso, JesCom director.

In the end, Cardinal Tagle directed the congregation to “go to the ends of the earth” and tell others about Christ.

Here are some of the things I saw while I was at Smart-Araneta Coliseum from 8:00-past 1 p.m.

Applauding Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as he returned to the stage for the second part of his talk for the Easter Recollection April 21, 2013 at Smart-Araneta Center in Quezon City, northeast of Manila./ N.J. Viehland Photo

Applauding Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as he returned to the stage for the second part of his talk for the Easter Recollection April 21, 2013 at Smart-Araneta Center in Quezon City, northeast of Manila./ N.J. Viehland Photo

Orchestra playing during the break in the Easter recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle April 21, 2013 at Smart-Araneta Coliseum / N. J. Viehland Photo

Orchestra playing during the break in the Easter recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle April 21, 2013 at Smart-Araneta Coliseum / N. J. Viehland Photo

 

Breaktime at Smart-Araneta Coliseum during the April 21, 2013 Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle - not exactly up-scale dining , but lots of a different kind of "nourishment" / N.J. Viehland Photos [display of brands not an endorsement]

Breaktime at Smart-Araneta Coliseum during the April 21, 2013 Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – not exactly up-scale dining , but lots of a different kind of “nourishment” / N.J. Viehland Photos [display of brands not an endorsement]

Bringing the faith to the people: The 1975 "Thrilla", was in fact the legendary Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier boxing match. Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on April 21,2013 ended with Mass for Good Shepherd Sunday. N.J. Viehland Photos [Product logos are not an endorsement by this blog.]

Bringing the faith to the people: The 1975 “Thrilla”, was in fact the legendary Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier boxing match. Easter Recollection with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on April 21,2013 ended with Mass for Good Shepherd Sunday. N.J. Viehland Photos [Product logos are not an endorsement by this blog.]

 

After the Easter Recollection at Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Sunday TV program followers offered support for The Word Exposed featuring Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle / N.J. Viehland Photos

After the Easter Recollection at Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Sunday TV program followers offered support for The Word Exposed featuring Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle / N.J. Viehland Photos

Cardinal Tagle and “Superstar”

By : N.J. Viehland

“Looking forward to The Word Exposed Easter recollection with Cardinal Tagle this Sunday. 8am-12nn at Araneta @JesComPH.” This is what tv news anchor and correspondent Bernadette Sembrano tweeted on Friday.

It’s perfectly understandable, Bernadette. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle isn’t called “superstar” for nothing.

Long before Manila’s archbishop, Cardinal Tagle, drew raves as “possible next pope” in past months, he had already built a reputation as “speaker who will reach deep in your mind and heart”, and a broad following among retreat groups and congresses in the Philippines and other countries. No one I’ve spoken to after his talks has come out unmoved.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle explains to Catholics from around Manila and surrounding dioceses the theology and spirit behind the Year of Faith and what New Evangelization requires of all Church members during a seminar at Manila Archdiocese's Layforce center in San Carlos Seminary compound last Nov. 2012. [N.J. Viehland Photo]

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle explains to Catholics from around Manila and surrounding dioceses the theology and spirit behind the Year of Faith and what New Evangelization requires of all Church members during a seminar at Manila Archdiocese’s Layforce center in San Carlos Seminary compound last Nov. 2012. [N.J. Viehland Photo]

He is a charismatic speaker, many agree. More than that, I believe he is effective, even infectious, because he keeps his focus steadily on the true “superstar”, Jesus Christ, and fully commits to making Christ’s story relevant to the audience and to life. “Cardinal (Tagle) makes the most out of each interaction with people, no matter the length of time,” one catechist at last November’s Layforce seminar on the Year of Faith told me.

Cardinal Tagle marvels at the power of media, particularly, the Internet, and acknowledges the opportunity it presents to tell people about Jesus, and what he teaches us.

He asked us during his talk at the First Catholic Social Media Summit in Marikina City last July, “How many people can I reach with my homilies in church?” He recalled the story of an overseas worker who came up to him at the airport to tell him he likes to watch his The Word Exposed videos on YouTube especially because he cannot go to the few Masses held in Saudi Arabia where he works.

Weekly, Cardinal Tagle preaches on TV through The Word Exposed, whose producers organized tomorrow’s recollection. In front of the camera, the theologian bishop shares his reflections and insights on the First Reading, Second Reading and the Gospel for that Sunday.

The program, which uses illustrations, video clips, music and other media, is posted on YouTube after the TV show has been aired. It aims “to bring the Gospel closer to the lives of the audience,” explained New Media Manager Mari Bianca Orenciana.

Cardinal Tagle’s The Word Exposed is right at the “top of the list” of “success stories” of Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) that produces the program, foundation director, Father Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso, says.

“It is our answer to the need of Philippine media and society today for sound theology,” the Jesuit priest said in our interview last August.

Cardinal Tagle, a leading theologian in Asia has also served as consultant to the Vatican’s International Theological Commission. He heads the Office of Theological Concerns of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, an association of bishops’ conferences in East, Southeast, Central and South Asia.

The Word Exposed episode : Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (bishop here) explains Church concerns about the Reproductive Health Bill with Jesuit Father Emmanuel "Nono" Alfonso, currently Director of Jesuit Communications Foundation, that produces The Word Exposed. (screen shot courtesy of JesCom)

The Word Exposed episode : Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (bishop here) explains Church concerns about the Reproductive Health Bill with Jesuit Father Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso, currently Director of Jesuit Communications Foundation, that produces The Word Exposed. (screen shot courtesy of JesCom)

In its August 12, 2012 episode in which Cardinal Tagle preached on the Sunday Gospel, YouTube user “elmsvd” commented, “I’m a priest here in New Zealand, and I have used the reflections as guide for my homilies.”

However, it took a winding path for the program to firm up and grow popular. Father Alfonso recalled that while still bishop of Imus, Cavite, Cardinal Tagle taught at Jesuit-owned Loyola School of Theology on the same campus where JesCom is based. JesCom got him for two-minute television prayer segments and, feeling it wasn’t enough, the organization experimented on an hour-long program called Light Talk  in 2008. The taped show featured the bishop talking about a subject with expert guests.

“Viewers commented and I, too, felt dissatisfied not to hear enough of the bishop, so we changed the format, and the rest is history,” Father Alfonso said.

Tony Boy Cojuangco when he owned the secular station TV5 approached JesCom to produce programs for the first three hours of broadcast on Saturday and Sunday morning. Light Talk was developed, but as the TV station changed management the show was cancelled.

“It was timely to experiment on another format, The Word Exposed, but we had no money, so we just appealed and people started giving,” Father Alfonso said.

“Very honestly, Archbishop Chito (Cardinal Tagle), in front of the camera, said that if you like our reflections you can help us continue this show if you can donate,” the JesCom director narrated.

Catechists, teachers, youth ministry, liturgical ministry and other workers for a "Church of the Poor" in Manila and neighboring dioceses listened to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's presentation about the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization at Layforce center in Manila archdiocese's San Carlos seminary last Nov. 2012. [N.J. Viehland photo]

Catechists, teachers, youth ministry, liturgical ministry and other workers for a “Church of the Poor” in Manila and neighboring dioceses listened to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s presentation about the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization at Layforce center in Manila archdiocese’s San Carlos seminary last Nov. 2012. [N.J. Viehland photo]

Today, the show thrives in what the audience gives. “Individuals, rich and poor, Filipinos and non-Filipinos here and abroad,” pitch in what money they can give, Father Alfonso said. “There’s no funding agency, no corporations buying commercial spots. It’s really just the audience and some donations from organizations,” he added.

He said JesCom’s websitehas online donation features  , “but people also hand over bills to Jesuit priests after Mass in their parishes, even just 100 pesos (US$2.43), and tell them to please give the money to bishop (Tagle).”

The JesCom head attributes “overwhelming response” locally, from Australia, the US and other countries to people’s perception of Cardinal Tagle as a credible theologian, Church leader and a person of integrity. 

Even prominent personalities, such as Washington Sycip, founder of Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and Co., the Philippines largest multi-professional services firm were moved to send in what an SGV official told me was a “personal donation.” In sending his one-time donation, he wrote how hopeful he was that then Bishop Tagle would lead the Church to improve, Father Alfonso said.

He shared that Knights of Columbus had committed to a regular monthly donation of around 50,000 pesos. “We would like that, for donors to give regularly,” Father Alfonso said.

He estimates, “It costs at least 40,000 pesos to produce a show, and the biggest expense is for the crew.” He said Cardinal Tagle is given only “a small token.”

JesCom also produces other programs and multi-media materials for evangelization and education, and trains people in communication at The Garage creative technologies center.

The Easter recollection its The Word Exposed group organized can expect to gather another large and colorful crowd, including Bernadette, to come and listen to their brilliant, charming, funny cardinal from 8 a.m. to noon at the concert, circus, and basketball landmark: Smart Araneta Coliseum, in Cubao, Quezon City.

Hopefully, if candidates for the May 13 general elections join, it will be to worship God and reflect on leadership as caring and serving their people like the Good Shepherd does, and not to campaign for themselves.

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – Flashback Imus

By N.J. Viehland

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the final ordination rites he led as Bishop of Imus in Cavite on Dec. 6, 2011, just days before his installation as Archbishop of Manila. He ordained the five priests in white vestments in his row. [N. J. Viehland Photo]

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the final ordination rites he led as Bishop of Imus in Cavite on Dec. 6, 2011, just days before his installation as Archbishop of Manila. He ordained the five priests in white vestments in his row. [N. J. Viehland Photo]

As early as 2011, Filipino Catholics had expressed great pride in possibly having a Filipino pope, even if it was only wishful thinking. 

Father Mark Reyes at the end of the Dec. 6, 2011 ordination rites for five priests for Imus diocese in Cavite, southwest of Manila, drew lively applause from people in church when he said his group of new priests is very “grateful and proud” to have been ordained by a possible future pope.

“We are proud to have been ordained by Bishop Tagle  who people will soon be calling ‘His Eminence’, and maybe even ‘His Holiness’,” Father Reyes told people in church  in Tagalog language. He said he and confreres are proud to have been ordained by Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle just before the prelate left their diocese to become Archbishop of Manila later that month.

Among his seminarians, Cardinal Tagle was a model of “servant leader.” Since his installation in Imus in 2001, the theologian bishop had lived in the diocese’s Good Shepherd seminary serving as rector of seminarians studying Theology.

“He has shown me concretely what it means to be humble and to serve by not living in a ‘bishop’s palace,'” seminarian Renier Dumaop told me after the ordination and Mass. “Bishop Tagle stayed with us in a simple seminary room doing routine work like washing his own dishes,” said the ordination Mass choir leader.

Aside from Father Reyes, Cardinal Tagle ordained Fathers Glenn de la Peña, Joseph Mayola, Ryan Serafin Sasis, and Eric Orcullo. On their behalf, Father Reyes thanked seminary formators, sponsors, their parishioners and their own families for supporting their training for priesthood.

Their ordination brought to 121 the number of priests serving the northern Philippine diocese’s 64 parishes with help from 89 male and 639 women religious from various congregations.

Less than a year later on Nov. 24, Pope Benedict elevated Archbishop Tagle to the College of Cardinals along with five other new cardinals. Pope Benedict on Feb. 11 announced he would resign at the end of this month. Cardinal Tagle is among more than 160 cardinals who will be electing the next pope most likely from among themselves.

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Cardinal Tagle tells what the Year of Faith can contribute to the Christmas spirit

By N.J. Viehland

In his second Christmas message as Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle connected the spirit of Christmas to  the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013.

Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle blesses the faithful who joined the Mass last November launching the archdiocese's commemoration of Year of Faith at San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco, Manila. (N. J. Viehland photo)

Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle blesses the faithful who joined the Mass last November launching the archdiocese’s commemoration of Year of Faith at San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco, Manila. (N. J. Viehland photo)

Cardinal Tagle highlights God’s action of coming to believers and initiating the relationship with them both as faithful, as well as in the Christmas story. Jesus’ invitation to a relationship, and one’s acceptance of the invitation carries a commitment and responsibility to share in God’s saving mission, Cardinal Tagle said.

Following is the text of Cardinal Tagle’s message emailed to journalists by Manila archdiocese’s office of communication on Dec. 20.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2012

This year we celebrate the Christmas Season within the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI. What can the Year of Faith contribute to the Christmas spirit? Faith is a living and sustained relationship with God. It is the Triune God who initiates this relationship by coming to us. Faith becomes complete in our response to God in trust and love, transforming our relationship with other people, society and creation.

Children join a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary's search for a room in the inn carrying streamers that plead, "Christmas, stop demolitions" of shanty homes built by migrant settlers on government of privately-owned land. (Ed Gerlock photo published with permission)

Children join a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for a room in the inn carrying streamers that plead, “Christmas, stop demolitions” of shanty homes built by migrant settlers on government of privately-owned land. (Ed Gerlock photo published with permission)

In a real sense, Christmas is all about faith. To remove faith from Christmas is to empty it of its meaning. It is a season born of faith and a privileged time to renew our faith. On the one hand, Christmas vividly recalls the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ, incarnate by the power of the Holy Spirit. He comes as one like us except in sin, because as the Savior he cannot participate in humanity’s rejection of God. He opens the door for us to enter God’s life. His obedience and fidelity is the door to God. He is the way.  On the other hand, every Christmas season invites us to receive Jesus as the true Son of God become flesh, to accept him as our Savior and to enter the door to life in the Holy Spirit. Faith in God leads us to solidarity with our neighbors, especially the poor whom Jesus loves. Faith makes us sharers in Jesus’ saving mission and heralds of true freedom from all that enslaves us.

Children in impoverished communities around Manila survive with very little food and other basic needs. (Ed Gerlock photos published with permission)

Children in impoverished communities around Manila survive with very little food and other basic needs. (Ed Gerlock photos published with permission)

I pray that all Christians may appreciate more the precious gift of faith during this Christmas season. As we behold the Christ Child, humble and poor, let us thank God for his great love for us and let us respond with all the love we could give. Only pure divine love can save us! I wish all you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

+ LUIS ANTONIO G. CARDINAL TAGLE

Archbishop of Manila

Cardinal Tagle’s Advent appeal to RH law makers, encouragement for the anxious

Manila archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle launched traditional advent Simbanggabi (night mass) novena in the archdiocese yesterday with an appeal to all to focus on Jesus at this time of anxiety over the push to pass the reproductive health (RH) bill, which Philippine bishops had opposed for more than a decade.

His statement makes reference to escalated actions of law makers to amend and vote on the amended version of the RH bill, after President Benigno Aquino certified it as urgent last week. 

To evaluate for yourself Cardinal Tagle’s message, the text arriving from his Manila archdiocese (in English and Tagalog) is posted below:

December 16, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is the first day of Simbanggabi! During these nine days we symbolically join the Blessed Mother in her nine months of joyful expectation for the birth of Jesus. Today happens to be Gaudete Sunday, a day of Rejoicing for the Son of God is near. He is truly Emmanuel (God is with us). His name is Jesus for God saves. That is why in the first reading Zephaniah could say, “Be not discouraged!” That is why in the second reading St. Paul could say, “Dismiss all anxiety.” The assurance that Jesus saves is the reason for our joy in the midst of uncertainties, suffering and conflicts. We cannot save ourselves. Jesus will save us.

Joy in Christ leads to conversion to Christ and His ways. Conversion to Christ in turn leads to conversion to love of the poor, truth, justice and humble service as St. John the Baptist said. I call on all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Manila to make their joy complete by turning away for what is contrary to the Gospel in order to follow Jesus. As the issue of the RH bill heats us again, I appeal to our legislators in the House of Representatives and the Senate to welcome Jesus with joy. His Word and Wisdom (and not just any human word or wisdom) is needed to form consciences. I pray that you may prepare a straight path for the Lord so that the Filipino people of today and those of coming generations may find true and lasting joy.

To all of you I say again, “Rejoice!” “Be not discouraged!” “Dismiss anxiety!” Jesus sees the secrets of the heart. He will set things right. Jesus is near!

+ Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

Archbishop of Manila

Pahayag sa Simbanggabi

December 16, 2012

Mga Kapatid ko kay Kristo

Unang araw na po ng Simbanggabi! Sa siyam na araw na darating sasamahan natin ang Mahal na Birhen sa siyam na buwan niyang pananabik sa kapanganakan ni Jesus. Ngayon din po ay Gaudete Sunday o Linggo ng Kagalakan dahil malapit na ang Anak ng Dios. Tunay Siyang Emmanuel (Ang Dios ay nasa piling natin). Ang pangalan Niya ay Jesus sapagka’t Nagliligtas ang Dios. Kaya sinabi ni Sofonias sa unang pagbasa, “Huwag kang matakot. Huwag manghina ang iyong loob.” Kaya sinabi ni San Pablo sa ikalawang pagbasa, “Huwag kayong mabalisa tungkol sa anumang bagay.” Ang kasiguruhan na ililigtas tayo ni Jesus ang dahilan ng ating kagalakan kahit humaharap tayo mga kabalintunaan, pagdurusa at hidwaan. Hindi natin kayang iligtas ang ating sarili. Si Jesus ang magliligtas sa atin!

Ang kagalakan kay Kristo ay umuuwi sa pagbabalik-loob kay Kristo at sa Kanyang daan. Ang pagbabalik-loob kay Kristo naman ay umuuwi sa pagbabagong-loob tungo sa pag-ibig sa dukha, sa katotohanan, sa katarungan at sa paglilingkod na may pagpapakumbaba. Ito ang mga sinabi ni San Juan Bautista. Nananawagan po ako sa inyo mga Katoliko sa Arkidiyosesis ng Manila na gawing ganap ang inyong kasiyahan sa pamamagitan ng pagtalikod sa mga taliwas sa Ebanghelyo upang sumunod kay Jesus. Ngayong umiinit na naman po ang usapin tungkol sa RH Bill, nananawagan ako sa mga mambabatas sa Congreso at Senado na tanggapin si Jesus nang may kagalakan. Ang Salita at Karunungan ni Jesus (at hindi ang kung anu-anong makataong salita o karunungan) ang kinakailangan upang mahubog ang buhdi o konsensiya. Panalangin ko po na maihanda ninyo ang daraanan ng Panginoon upang makaranas ang mga Pilipino sa kasalukuyan at sa darating pang mga pahanon ng tunay at wagas na kaligayahan.

Sa inyo pong lahat sinasabi kong muli, “Magalak kayo!” “Huwag manghina ang inyong loob!” “Huwag mabalisa!” Darating na si Jesus. Nababasa siya ang nakatago sa puso ng tao. Iwawasto Niya ang lahat ng mali. Malapit na si Jesus!

+ Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

Arsobispo ng Manila

For some perspectives on the Cardinal’s message, read:

Inquirer report

Year of Faith – from church bring it to life

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

                                                    

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