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On Good Friday, Cardinal Tagle hits intimidation, falsehood

On Good Friday, Cardinal Tagle hits intimidation, falsehood

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle kisses the feet of Jesus Christ on the cross at the end of the Good Friday service at the Manila Cathedral, April 19. ROY LAGARDE

By Roy Lagarde

April 20, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila lamented how the world is full of intimidation and falsehood that makes mankind feel threatened and insecure.

Presiding over a Good Friday service at the Manila Cathedral, he related the current times at how people shouted and condemned Jesus to death.

“The ways of the world today is done through loud and hateful words… threats,” Cardinal Tagle said in his homily.

“Today, that’s the strategy. Kill with fear! Sow intimidation and they will die,” he said.

The cardinal went on to criticize online trolls and peddlers of fake news on social media.

He particularly lashed out at trolls who use different names to conceal their identity and “pretends to be brave”.

“That’s not true bravery because one did not admit one’s identity,” Tagle said.

But the church official said that Christ’s love was never defeated by threats and intimidation.

He then called on young people to avoid intimidation and bullying and “proclaim and live by the truth”.

“Please, look at Jesus and let’s learn how to truly love like Him,” Tagle said.