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Tagle spends priesthood anniversary with Tondo fire victims

Tagle spends priesthood anniversary with Tondo fire victims

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle visits Tondo fire victims on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Photo: Radio Veritas)

MANILA— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle marked his 35th priesthood anniversary on Monday and he spent the day with thousands of fire victims in Manila. 

Instead of holding a celebration, the cardinal went to Parola compound, a depressed area in Tondo district devastated by fire in early February. 

Ako po ay pumunta hindi para batiin ninyo. Ako ho ay pumunta rito dahil noong nagkaroon ng sunog ako ay nasa ibang bansa subalit ako naman po ay pinadadalhan ng mga mensahe ng ating mga pari tungkol po sa nangyari,” Radio Veritas quoted Tagle as saying. 

Ibig po namin na ipabatid sa inyo na hindi kayo nakakalimutan ng Simbahan,” he said. “Hindi po namin kaya na ibigay ang lahat pero kung ano ang makakayanan ito ay hindi ipagkakait sa inyo.”

At least 3,000 families lost their homes in the Feb. 7 fire, and most of them are still huddled in different evacuation centers. 

The Quiapo Church and Caritas Manila were among the first humanitarian responders by distributing relief goods and other basic needs to the victims. 

Caritas Manila has also pledged housing units for at least 50 families displaced by the conflagration.

Cardinal Tagle also exhorted the fire victims to keep their faith and never lose hope. 

Itayo po nating muli ang ating buhay, ang ating pamilya, ang ating sambayanan sa lakas ng pagdadamayan at pag-ibig,” he added. 

Huwag po kayong panghihinaan ng loob at huwag sana na ang ating karanasan sa sunog ay umuwi sa pagkanya-kanya,” Tagle also said. 

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