The Filipino cardinal explained that his maternal grandfather was born in China, but his mother sent him to live in the Philippines due to poverty.
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The cardinal will shepherd an archdiocese with approximately 2.5 million Catholics, significantly larger than Capiz archdiocese, which has around 800,000 Catholics.
According to the director of the Holy See press office, Cardinal Tagle “has no symptoms and will remain in isolation in the Philippines, where he is."
Cardinal Tagle thanked the Caritas staff and volunteers who are taking care of those affected by the coronavirus in a coordinated global effort to aid the sick and the vulnerable.
The newly-appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples encouraged a “spirituality of listening, to God, to neighbors and to the signs of the times.”
The new head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples has been archbishop of Manila since 2011 and president of Caritas Internationalis since 2015.
Critics noted potentially problematic comments about several issues, including homosexuality, contraception, cohabitation and reception of Communion.