By Leslie Ann Aquino
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Monday bid farewell to his hometown of Imus in Cavite and said that he is starting a new chapter in his life as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).
The prelate, who was appointed as Prefect of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples last December, is expected to assume his post in the Vatican early this year.
In a Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar, a teary eyed Tagle thanked all those who attended the celebration, including some public officials.
“This kind of celebration gives me strength,” the CBCP News quoted Tagle as saying.
“From here, I will be an overseas Filipino worker,” he added.
“Please continue praying for me, especially for Pope Francis,” Tagle said.
The Our Lady of the Pillar was the same cathedral where the cardinal was baptized, and where he was ordained priest in 1982, and bishop in 2001.
Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista announced that Pope Francis will soon appoint a new leader for the Manila archdiocese.
“Manila will have a new archbishop as our cardinal will take a bigger role in the Church,” he said.
In his homily, Cardinal Tagle has warned against the tendency of self-promotion, saying that mission without spirituality has no value.
He said even good deeds without the right disposition lacks purpose.
“Mission is spirituality. We might be doing something but not a mission,” Tagle said.
“We can’t also have spirituality without action,” he added.