Faith of Vietnam Catholics offers bright future for Church – Cardinal Rosales

By N.J. Viehland

Recently appointed Vietnamese Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao of Xuan Loc Diocese, while serving as rector of the diocese’s Saint Joseph Seminary last December addressed delegates and participants of the Xth Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) Plenary Assembly during a cultural program held in the diocesan pastoral complex.

He expressed gratitude to the FABC  “…for the joy of faith you have brought to us…” and “have inspired in us.”

Bishop Dao told us the presence of so many bishops, priests, religious women and lay Church workers in their country at one time “… opens up our mind and heart to the whole Church of Asia, and reminds us that we have other brothers and sisters who believe in the Lord as we do, scattered in the whole of Asia.” 

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) is an association of conferences of bishops of Catholic Churches in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia. The federation fosters solidarity and joint responsibility for church and society welfare in the region.

The conference includes sixteen Bishops’ Conferences from Bangladesh, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos-Cambodia, Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Churches in places where there are no bishops’ conferences have been included as associate members, including Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Nepal, Novosibirsk (Russia), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

FABC gathers in plenary in various countries, and the 2012 assembly was the first to be held in a country under communist rule.

Filipino Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales (in front), Archbishop Emeritus of Manila was welcomed by a drum and bugle corps and a reception line stretching through the main roads of Xuan Loc Pastoral Complex in the diocese east of Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 11, 2012, after he delivered his address citing Pope Benedict XVI's message to the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC). He is accompanied by Assistant of the Papal Legate Father Marcelino Antonio M. Maralit, Jr. (N.J. Viehland Photo)

Filipino Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales (in front), Archbishop Emeritus of Manila was welcomed by a drum and bugle corps and a reception line stretching through the main roads of Xuan Loc Pastoral Complex in the diocese east of Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 11, 2012, after he delivered his address citing Pope Benedict XVI’s message to the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC). He is accompanied by Assistant of the Papal Legate Father Marcelino Antonio M. Maralit, Jr. (N.J. Viehland Photo)

Two months after the FABC plenary assembly on Feb. 28, Pope Benedict appointed Monsignor Dao auxiliary bishop for Xuan Loc. He was the last bishop appointed by Benedict XVI before he stepped down as pope.

Bishop Dao said the presence of FABC delegates “… reminds us of our responsibility to share with other brothers and sisters in Asia the joy of faith in Christ.” Less than 3 percent of the population in most countries in Asia are Catholics.

The presence of Filipino Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales as special envoy for then Pope Benedict XVI , along with Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, secretary of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples and Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, resident representative of the Holy Father to Vietnam “connect us to Rome and the Holy Father, and through the Holy Father with the whole Church,” Bishop Dao said.

He appealed to them, “Please, eminence and excellencies, convey to our beloved Holy Father, our love, our respect and our obedience. Please tell him that he has children here who are faithful to Christ and to the Church.”

In response, Cardinal Rosales promised bishops, priests, religious men and women and lay members of the Vietnam Catholic community gathered for a cultural presentation in the diocesan pastoral complex in Xuan Loc that he would convey their message of faith, love and loyalty to the Church and to Rome.

“I want to tell him (Pope Benedict) when I see him and report to him next month what I have seen, what I have witnessed and felt about what it is really to be Church of Jesus Christ, yes, in the whole of Asia, but in particular here in Vietnam. And I will assure you…I will remind him, ‘Do not forget, your Holiness, that you have children in that part of Asia.'”

Cardinal Rosales said he would tell Pope Benedict “I know you keep them (Vietnam Catholics) in your spirit, in your prayer, in your blessing, but they want me to remind you that you have children there who not only obey the Church, but they love you.”

He said one gift he will give the pope is an embroidery he received from a Vietnam government official during his visit to Hanoi prior to the FABC assembly. “…No less than the minister interpreted it and he said, ‘Look, Your Eminence, there are two islands in a big sea. This is Vietnam, and the other one is the Vatican. All you need is a bridge.”

Cardinal Rosales, however, told hundreds of people attending the cultural program, ” I am going to explain this to the Holy Father: A bridge is about to be built, but I think I saw a boat there. If there is no bridge, there should be a boat. After all, the Holy Father is pontifex. 

In Cardinal Rosales’ view, the FABC experience showed “how bright the future is that God is preparing for Vietnam.”

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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 Tong grateful for Pope Benedict’s loving concern for Church in China

Hong Kong’s  Cardinal John Tong Hon thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his “loving concern” for the Church in China, citing actions the pope had taken to show this. The cardinal expressed his gratitude in a message on the pope’s resignation released by his office.

The cardinal who served as president of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization held in Rome last October is voting in a conclave for the first time. Following is the full text of Cardinal Tong’s message released by his office:

Heartfelt Thanks to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI

  Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the successor of St. Peter and head of the Apostles, has always loved the Church, putting all his heart and energy into the pastoral service of the People of God. As the Bishop of Hong Kong, I am especially thankful for his loving concern for the Church in China.

In 2007 he issued a Letter to the Catholics in China and established the Commission for the Catholic Church in China. At the end of every meeting of that Commission, he came to see the members in person and encouraged us. On February 10, one day before he announced his decision to resign, he extended special greetings and a blessing to people celebrating the Lunar New Year throughout the world, especially Chinese people everywhere. In his words and deeds, the Holy Father has fittingly mirrored the exchange between the Risen Jesus and Simon Peter: “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others do?” “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” “Feed my sheep.” (cf. John 21:15-17)

The Holy Father, Benedict XVI, is a man of fervent prayer. In his statement announcing his resignation from the Petrine Ministry due to his advanced age, he pointed out that he had finally made this serious decision after a long period of prayer and extended reflection. He is deeply aware that in order to fulfill his papal duties, he cannot rely on word and deed alone, but also needs prayer. He entrusts the future of the Church to the Lord Jesus and to our Blessed Mother. After he resigns, he will serve the Church wholeheartedly through prayer. We express our heartfelt thanks to the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, for his guidance and good example, and we will always pray for him.

We have profound faith that both the resignation of the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, and the selection of his successor, are in the wise hands of Divine Providence. May all of us Catholics in Hong Kong pray for the smooth election of the next Pope. We firmly believe that the incoming Pope will lead the Church according to the holy will of the Lord Jesus and ecclesial tradition, and that he will continue the proclamation of the Gospel, to bring salvation to the whole human race. This is also the objective of the Year of Faith which we are now celebrating.

+Cardinal John TONG

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

February 12, 2013

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

Manila archbishop Tagle tells laity to listen to God, answer the initiator

By N. J. Viehland

Manila’s Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle in his short time in the Philippines between the close of the Synod on New Evangelization in late October and leaving for the consistory last Tuesday night found time to explain separately to catechists and lay people the Message of the Synod on Evangelization.

Gaines Marie Rosa Rio of Manila’s Lay Formation Center said the LAYFORCE Chapel in San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex, Guadalupe, Makati, was unusually packed to require the back panels to be opened that Saturday, Nov. 17 morning. Tagle was the speaker for that session of the year-round recollection series which took the theme: Shaping the Heart of the Laity in the Year of Faith. As usual there was a mix of men, women, older people, students, many in the crowd Catholics.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle explains the Message of the Synod of bishops on New Evangelization by relating the story of Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well to the life experiences and situations in the Philippines. N.J. Viehland Photo

Tagle painstakingly elaborated each section of the synod message, from John’s story of the Samaritan  dwelling on every symbol in the story. He added anecdotes from his own life, and asked the older men and women and the young ones to reflect on what are “empty buckets” in their lives and what are their “favorite wells”.

“It’s not only the Samaritan woman’s bucket that is empty. All of us are searching for some kind of nourishment,” he said in his usual literary Tagalog. He also connected the themes with societal situations, such as next year’s elections.  

Shifting to either English or Tagalog language, he shared that some young people had told him they would like to see even “just a drop of integrity” in adults they know. The youngsters complained that parents, teachers and other adults act contrary to what they say or teach. “No wonder our young go to other wells of fleeting pleasures,”  Tagle said.

He also invited lay people, “Let us lead our brothers and sisters to the well of Jesus. Let us be like the Samaritan woman and tell others of our beautiful encounters with Jesus. It’s a natural impulse to spread good news. Once you experience something good, you cannot control yourself from telling others about it.”

Participants at the Nov. 17, 2012 recollection on the theme Shaping the Heart of the Laity in the Year of Faith at LAYFORCE Chapel, Makati City take down notes as Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle spoke on the Message of the Synod on New Evangelization. N.J. Viehland Photo

I can relate to his next point because I have been receiving email messages, surveys and some other invitations using the theme of the synod. Ending his session, Tagle reminded us lay people:

         “This evangelization and transmission of the faith, let’s not think  we are the initiator. Evangelization and faith experience are first and foremost the action of Jesus, just like in the experience of the Samaritan woman at the well, it was Jesus who first spoke. This is so with the transmission of the faith.

        ” At the synod, there were repeated reminders that we bishops, the priests and you enthusiastic laity might go right ahead into planning, and thinking of what to do. We were reminded that the initiator of evangelization and faith is Jesus himself, not us. It is the action of  grace. It is God’s initiative. It is God’s offer.

       “But we have a role. What is our role? Listen to Jesus. Answer him. Let him change our heart, and our plans will be to cooperate with his plans, with his ways.

      “It was said in the synod a number of times that maybe sometimes our initiatives are not  fruitful because these are our initiatives, and not initiatives of Jesus. So, we keep developing strategies and techniques, but God may have other plans.

       “So our first step is to listen to Him and let his actions begin and we in turn will follow so that our actions are according to his action and movement.

Tagle left much food for thought that could provide reflection points for a whole year. I continue to go through some of them now while he is in Rome preparing for the Consistory that will elevate him to the College of Cardinals on Saturday at St. Peter’s Basilica.

He was named cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI on October 24, 2012, as the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization was winding down. Five others, including two other Asians, were also named Cardinals to be created in an unusual second consistory in a year.

Tagle, 55, was installed Archbishop of Manila on December 12, 2011 and left his office as Bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite, the place where his parents live.

Pope Benedict in announcing the new cardinals said, “the Cardinals have the task of helping the Successor of Peter in the performance of his ministry of confirming the brethren in the faith, and that of being the principle and foundation of unity and communion of the Church.” He also asked for prayers “for the newly elected.”

Participants grasped the hand of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle to put on their foreheads as a traditional Filipino gesture of respect while thanking him for his talk on Shaping the Heart of the Laity in the Year of Faith at LAYFORCE Chapel, Makati City, Nov. 17, 2012 / Photo by N. J. Viehland

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle received a picture fram of the Philippines map after he gave a recollection on Shaping the Heart of the Laity in the Year of Faith at LAYFORCE Chapel, San Carlos Pastoral Complex, Guadalupe, Makati City Nov. 17, 2012 / N. J. Viehland Photo

At the LAYFORCE recollection, it looked like Church members came alive, during Tagle’s talk.

Beyond all this, who knows which way The Initiator will lead our Church and new cardinal ? My ears and heart are listening.

 

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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Welcome home, Cardinal-designate Tagle, Year of Faith launch

By N.J. Viehland

Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, now cardinal-designate led celebrations of Fr. Schwartz anniversary in Cavite in 2012. (N.J. Viehland Photo)

I expect a packed San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila on Saturday, Nov. 3. Manila archdiocese’s communication office has announced that Cardinal-designate Chito Tagle will lead a Mass there at 9 a.m. to launch Year of Faith in the archdiocese

The launch also serves as a welcome for the Manila Archbishop who returned from the Synod of Bishops in Rome where he served as vice-president of its Commission on the Message, and where Pope Benedict XVI named him one of six to become cardinals in a consistory on November 24, 2012, the announcement said.

Pope Benedict declared a Year of Faith beginning October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church  and ending on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Dances and other programs for the event are listed here

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