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Cardinal Tagle bids farewell to hometown

Filipino cardinal expected to assume new Vatican role in next few weeks

UCA News reporter, Manila

UCA News reporter, Manila

Published: January 21, 2020 05:58 AM GMT

Updated: January 21, 2020 06:02 AM GMT

Cardinal Tagle bids farewell to hometown

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila is taking up a new role at the Vatican. (Photo: Angie de Silva)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila bade farewell to his hometown in Cavite province, south of Manila, on Jan. 20, before his expected departure for Rome.

The Manila prelate was appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples last month.

The 62-year-old cardinal is only the second Asian to lead the congregation, popularly known by its old name of Propaganda Fide.

Cardinal Tagle's appointment makes him one of only nine members of the powerful Roman Curia, or the Cabinet of the Holy Father, in the Vatican

During Mass at the Our Lady of the Pillar cathedral parish in the city of Imus, the cardinal said the celebration of the Eucharist with his own people "gives me strength."

It was in the same cathedral where he was baptized and where he was ordained a priest in 1982 and a bishop in 2001.

"From here, I will be an overseas Filipino worker," he said. "Please continue praying for me, especially for Pope Francis."

The cardinal is expected to assume his post at the Vatican in the coming weeks.

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle warned against the tendency of self-promotion, saying that mission without spirituality has no value.

"Mission is spirituality. We might be doing something but not a mission," he said, adding that action and spirituality are linked. "We can't have spirituality without action," he said.

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