By Leslie Ann Aquino
Pope Francis is aware of the situation in the Philippines, especially about some of the violations against human dignity and life.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle revealed this to the Manila clergy during their monthly recollection and meeting at the San Carlos Seminary compound on June 18, according to an article posted on the website of the Archdiocese of Manila.
To note, the bishops recently met with the pontiff in Vatican for their “Ad Limina Visit.”
In spite of these, Tagle said the Holy Father reminded them that the Church is being called to be pastors even to the said violators.
The Cardinal pointed out that the Church has a ministry to fulfill even to politicians who are in conflict with the Church.
“Politicians who give us trouble might be wounded people and their behavior might be a cry for help… Can we empty ourselves and be the Pastor’s love towards the enemy?” Tagle said.
In his homily, the cardinal drew inspiration from the day’s Gospel, in which Jesus teaches that love must be universal, so as to be “perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect”.
He also encouraged the clergy to continually work and minister to the youth and the poor who remain “underserved” in the archdiocese because of their sheer number despite the church’s anti-poverty programs.
The gathering was also an early celebration of the birthday of the cardinal.
Cardinal Tagle will celebrate his 62nd birthday on June 21. A Mass will be celebrated and the annual blood letting activity in the Archdiocese will be held in the Arzobispado de Manila, Intramuros, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.