The Philippines, a country of 108 million people, has recorded 1,605,762 coronavirus cases and 28,093 deaths as of Aug. 3, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
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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.
Militants used hammers to destroy religious icons and also destroyed consecrated Hosts.
Cardinal Luis Tagle said that bishops, clergy and laity have all been ‘challenged by the Pope’ and that they must work to put it into practice.
In his homily at the Jan. 18 Mass, described as ‘the largest event of the history of the popes,’ the Pope called for the protection of the family.
The 20-minute meeting took place after the Holy Father’s visit with bishops, priests and religious at Manila’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Hagupit, locally known as ‘Ruby,’ ripped through the archipelago’s central belt Dec. 7, with heavy rains and wind that left 21 dead and more than 900 injured.