By Leslie Ann Aquino
“I am the Prefect but I am not perfect.”
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said this to the staff in his new office the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples when they welcomed him in Rome on Wednesday.
He added:”I came here as a student in order to learn from you, my masters and teachers.”
Tagle’s message was shared by Father Reginald Malicdem, his former personal secretary in the Archdiocese of Manila, who accompanied him in Rome.
Malicdem said Tagle admitted that he did not study in Rome and that he learned Italian only by himself.
“So I speak a unique Italian of my own,” he quoted Tagle as saying.
The cardinal also said: “I bring you all the greetings and affections from Asia and especially from the Philippines and Manila.”
Malicdem shared photos of Tagle in his new office.
In one photo, the cardinal was seen looking at the view outside his office.
Malicdem said the view will surely remind the cardinal of the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros and the Archdiocese of Manila.
“Overlooking the window of his office is the famous column of the Immaculate Conception near the Spanish steps. This will surely remind him of the Manila Cathedral and the Archdiocese of Manila,” he said.
Cardinal Tagle left Manila on Sunday to assume his new post in the Vatican.