Cardinal Tagle's 'mandatory prayer' for incoming Filipino officials

Catholics should pray that the new leaders will have 'true love for the poor'

June 20, 2016
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila issued an "oratio imperata" or mandatory prayer for newly elected Philippine officials.

The prelate urged Catholics to pray that the country's new leaders will have "true love for the poor" and "true reverence for human life and unyielding opposition to the culture of death."

Cardinal Tagle said government officials should have "passion for truth that liberates and integrity that inspires, sincere generosity and courageous simplicity of lifestyle, and spirit of heroic sacrifice and unrelenting fortitude."

The prayer will be recited in Masses in the Archdiocese of Manila from June 21 to 29, or nine days before the country's newly elected leaders assume their posts on June 30.

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