Pinoy expats’ huge welcome overwhelms Cardinal Tagle

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Cardinal Tagle delivering his homily during a Mass he celebrated for the Filipino community in Milan on Feb. 23.

MANILA, March 1, 2014—The Filipino community in Milan, Italy came out in full force to welcome Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle who came to celebrate Mass at Milan’s famous landmark, the Duomo (Cathedral) on February 23. 

The Duomo was full to capacity at 8,000 people with another 5,000 standing outside at the piazza who followed the Holy Mass through a wide screen set up by the Filipino Catholic community of Milan, according to a press release from the Consulate General. 

In his homily, Tagle reminded the community “to never forget to pray, always love one another and continue to lead good lives.” 

The cardinal was visibly moved at seeing a huge turnout of Filipinos and children who flocked to him after the Mass. 

The Filipino Catholic community coordinated the event, together with the Philippine Consulate General and other Filipino organizations. 

Consul General Lourdes Tabamo, in her message after the Holy Mass, praised the Filipinos for being “exemplary apostles of Christ in spreading and living their faith” and asked the cardinal “to enclose their hopes and aspirations in your heart and with your daily prayers.” (CBCPNews)

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