MANILA, May 19, 2015—Even as they congratulated their fellow shepherd for his election as new president of Caritas Internationalis, the country’s top prelates had no delusion that all will just be plain sailing for Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, asking the faithful to keep praying for him given the big and serious responsibility that comes with the high-profile post.
‘No easy task’
“For us in the Philippines, this [Tagle’s election] is indeed a welcome news. It only means the international community has faith in the Filipinos’ capacity for leadership. But this will not be an easy task for our Cardinal,” explained Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo in a recent Radio Veritas report.
With over 200 countries Caritas Internationalis serves, the former chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, and current head of the Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA), noted Tagle needs the prayers of the Filipino faithful so that he will be able to fulfill the duties entrusted to him.
“While we celebrate and thank God for his election, let us also not forget to show the Cardinal our support by praying for him,” added Pabillo.
More jobs = more prayers
San José Bishop Roberto C. Mallari agreed with Pabillo, saying “more jobs mean more prayers.”
“Like what Cardinal Vidal keeps reminding us: the more responsibilities we assume could only mean the more prayers we need. All strength comes from God. He alone can give us the willpower that will enable us to see to our many obligations,” he said.
“Let’s keep praying for Cardinal Tagle,” he added.
‘The right person’
Meanwhile, Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. believes the electors at Caritas Internationalis have done well in choosing Tagle to take the helm of the worldwide Catholic charities network.
“I am happy and grateful that Cardinal Chito elected president sa Caritas Internationalis. He has the heart for the poor. He is the right person,” he exclaimed. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)