Cardinal Tagle calls for ‘Christmas of mercy’

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Cardinal Tagle greets blind girls after a Mass at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila. (CBCPNews file photo)

MANILA, Dec. 24, 2015— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila urged people to shun the “ironies” of Christmas and open up their hearts to God and other people, especially the needy.

The cardinal, who will celebrate Christmas eve mass at the Manila Cathedral at 8pm on Thursday, said the celebration will be more meaningful if people will perform acts of mercy towards others.

According to him, Christmas is a season to welcome Jesus and to welcome other people “into our hearts and lives.”

“Christmas is contrary to exclusion, marginalization, discrimination, neglect, indifference, manipulation and rejection of peoples, especially the poor and helpless. These manifest the lack of mercy!” he said.

“It is also about us opening our hearts and arms to welcome Jesus in the hungry, thirsty, homeless, the naked, the sick the prisoners and those who have hurt us.”

“Mercy keeps the heart of God open for us. Mercy is the key to open our hearts as well,” added Cardinal Tagle.

This year’s Christmas celebration falls within the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. In the Philippines, the Church is also celebrating the Year of the Family and the Eucharist. (CBCPNews)

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