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Fight corruption, Tagle urged Filipinos

Published June 9, 2013, 11:48 a.m. PHT

Last updated June 12, 2013, 10:35 p.m. PHT

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MANILA, Philippines — On Saturday, June 8, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Archdiocese of Manila called on Filipinos to go against corruption.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Archdiocese of Manila

Let’s promise that we will cleanse our hearts and the heart of our country. Let’s cleanse the country’s heart from corruption. Corruption has no role in the heart of a country that is entrusted to the heart of Mary.

Full text of Cardinal Tagle’s homily

He said these words in a mass held at Paco Church in Manila for the “National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” In the said celebration, the whole country and its people were entrusted under the care of Mary.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Archdiocese of Manila

To consecrate is to associate a person or something to the divine, to God. So that in the very heart of God, this person, these people, this object will occupy a space in God.

The consecration rites were also done simultaneously in all the dioceses and parishes nationwide.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines cited various reasons why it came up with this kind of celebration.

One reason is that the Roman Catholic Church is currently observing the Year of Faith and bishops found it as an appropriate event where Filipino Catholics can reaffirm their faith.

The CBCP also said that this consecration actually kickstarted the 9-year preparation for the fifth centenary of the Christian faith in the Philippines, which started in the year 1521.

Meanwhile, bishops also said that it is about time that Filipinos ask for the guidance and intercession of Mary once again to deliver the Philippines from calamities and natural disasters as well as help heal social and political conflicts here and abroad.

Bishop Bernardino Cortez
Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Manila

As usual, every year we undergo several typhoons, and still we believe in the power of prayer. If there’s no rain [and] we pray so hard, rain would come. And in case of epidemics, we pray and our experience showed that bended knees will also spare us from the epidemics and so with natural disasters.

The bishops hope that this act of consecration would lead to the conversion of Filipinos and cause reforms in the society and the country.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Archdiocese of Manila

Discrimination has no place in the heart of a country claiming to be entrusted to the heart of Mary, which is full of the memory of Jesus. Passivity, greed, masquerading, arrogance, and destruction of life have no place in heart that is saying, “Mary, our hearts are for you.”

In a message read during the ceremony here in Manila, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with Filipinos and extended his apostolic blessing to the entire Church in the Philippines.

The Pope also hopes that the country’s devotion to Mary inspire a greater appreciation of the human life and lead to greater service to the poorest and the weakest.

Reporting from Manila, the Philippines, I am Jeric Pena.

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