Cardinal Tagle unveils 2 mobile clinics for Manila’s poor

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle blesses one of the two Caritas Manila mobile clinics donated by the US-based Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry through its “Make Sad Eyes Smile” project, June 24, 2016. (CBCPNews photo)

MANILA, June 25, 2016— Inside Caritas Manila’s two new mobile clinics, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle blessed the medical equipments with holy water on Friday as he led the unveiling of the project.

In about a month, it will be volunteer doctors and nurses who will be inside the facilities providing health care where it rarely exist: for the street children and the homeless.

The cardinal announced the new service as a way to provide heath care services in Metro Manila and where it is needed.

“If they can’t come to the hospital then the clinic will go to them. Through these clinics, we hope that God’s concern and healing could reach many people,” Tagle said.

The clinics are the “fruits” of a fund-raising drive initiated by the US-based Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry for its “Make Sad Eyes Smile” project in Pennsylvania in September 2015.

The trailer clinics left Kansas in the US last March and arrived in Manila around May.

American priest Fr. Robert Kosek, the group’s founder, that clinics are simple “acts of kindness” and proof that “love still exists.”

“I call these clinics the oasis of mercy through the countless of people donated… people who cannot be here but gave one dollar or 50 cents (for these project),” he said.

Kosek served in the Diocese of Cavite for almost two years when Tagle was still its bishop. He was the former rector of the Barnabite Seminary in Tagaytay City before he was assigned back to the US.

Cardinal Tagle also said that just like any act of love, there’s a community behind it.

“So we thanks the collaborators and friends who pursued this worthy project,” he said. “This is close to a miracle. People were generous. People were selfless.”

He added that the mobile clinics as “gifts” are impetus and invitation “for all of us to spread compassion.”

“Let us nurture the gift and let it be used responsibly to promote the good especially of the poor,” Tagle said. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews with reports from Kevin Cariño)

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