Cardinal Tagle hits those who take advantage of pandemic

Cardinal Tagle hits those who take advantage of pandemic

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. PHOTO BY ROY LAGARDE

By Roy Lagarde

September 11, 2020

Manila, Philippines

A Vatican official has criticized those who are taking advantage of the global health crisis to make hefty profit.

Cardinal Luis Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said it is “saddening” that some people prioritize personal gain over human lives.

“As many people are suffering and getting poorer, there are some businesses and probably individuals who are taking advantage of the situation,” Tagle said.

“And they know how to capitalize on the sorrow and the needs of others for their profitability,” he said.

The cardinal, who is also the president of Caritas Internationalis, made the comment during an online recollection for Filipino Covid-19 recollection on September 8.

Dubbed as “Kaunting Pahinga (A Little Rest),” the initiative was organized by Caritas Philippines and the Dilaab Foundation with Tagle as recollection master.

The cardinal noted that the pandemic has already caused so much poverty in many parts of the world.

In fact, according to him, the health crisis increased the demands for assistance from Caritas to more than a hundred percent.

“But while many are suffering, there are those who are getting even richer,” he said. “And that adds to suffering, that adds to death.”

Cardinal Tagle expressed hope that through faith in Jesus, the pandemic would lead people to “a lifestyle of compassion and solidarity”.

“No one should be left alone. This gives hope to many people,” he said.

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