After eight months, former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle returned to the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila Sunday.

tagle - Tagle visits Manila Cathedral
Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Tagle presided over his last Mass at the cathedral in February before he left for Rome, Italy to assume his new post as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

“I am very grateful to be back here in our beautiful cathedral to join you in the Eucharist eight months after my last Mass here,” said Tagle during a Mass.

Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Manila Cathedral rector, thanked the cardinal for his visit.

“We are thankful for the Lord’s big blessing this morning. We are all surprised that our Mass is led by our beloved Cardinal Chito Tagle, your Eminence, Thank you,” he said.

“We are happy that he is with us today at the Manila Cathedral. We wish Cardinal Tagle, first welcome home to the Manila Cathedral, and be assured always of our prayers to your very important mission,” added Malicdem.

“Please also send our love to our Holy Father, Pope Francis,” he said.

Tagle thanked Malicdem and everyone for the support and prayers.

“Thanks to all of you especially for your prayers and your expressions of concern and support,” Tagle said.

Tagle tested positive for COVID-19 when he arrived in Manila from Rome on Sept. 10 for a brief late summer break. It was announced that Tagle has recovered from the disease last Sept. 23.

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