MANILA, Dec. 9, 2015— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called for an end to corruption and abuse of women, children, and the oppressed at the opening of the Holy Year of Mercy in Manila.
“Stop the rampant corruption. Stop the abuse of women and children. Spread mercy, stop the endless abuse of the weak,” Tagle said in Filipino during the Mass to mark the event.
The prelate opened the Holy Door at the Manila Cathedral on Wednesday, Dec. 9, marking the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy — a holy year for Catholics.
PWDs, former street kids
He was accompanied by several persons with disabilities (PWDs) and former street children under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan, Glyzelle Palomar and Jun Chura, who had a dialogue with Pope Francis in UST in Manila during the latter’s visit in January.
Following them as they walked through the doorway were priests, the religious, and hundreds of lay people.
During the Mass, the cardinal said corruption and oppression of the poor and the vulnerable must stop.
Cardinal Tagle also challenged the faithful to make God’s mercy more evident in the world today.
Mission to spread mercy
“This year we have a mission,” said Tagle. “The mission is to spread mercy… a mission to build up the world on the foundation to build God’s love,” he said.
“Let us build a society on the foundation of the merciful Jesus and let one of us be a stone of a construction of just, truthful and loving society of mercy,” he added.
Tagle also urged the people not only to enter through the Holy Doors of cathedrals and basilicas but also to go through “doors of charity” of the homeless, the poor, the imprisoned, and the sick. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)