Filipino cardinal receives honorary doctorate for service

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Cardinal Louis Antonio Tagle of Manila. Credit: Archdiocese of Manila.

In acknowledgement of his service to the Church, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities by a Filipino university.

The degree was presented at a special academic convocation on August 1 at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.

University president Fr. Roberto C Yap S.J., said the degree was being conferred during this Year of Faith in recognition of the cardinal’s “exemplary” service to the Church in the Diocese of Imus and Archdiocese of Manila.

Cardinal Tagle, in his speech, recalled the encounter of the Samaritan woman with Jesus at the well and connected it to the Church’s call to a New Evangelization.

“The New Evangelization is inviting the Church to be a co-traveler with people in their weariness, tiredness and thirst,” he noted.

The cardinal stressed Pope Francis’ call to “get out of ourselves and go toward the periphery.”

Like Jesus, he said, the Church comes as a beggar, a listener and a giver. The New Evangelization calls the Church to be a “listening” Church, to whom everyone can contribute.

Born June 21, 1957, Cardinal Tagle is a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University and Loyola School of Theology.

He was ordained a priest in 1982 and later obtained his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Appointed bishop of Imus in the Philippines in 2001, he was named archbishop of Manila ten years later. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals last year.

Cardinal Tagle is known for delivering soft-spoken theological homilies coupled with practical humor. In addition to his work as a professor, he has served in various capacities for the local Church in the Philippines and for the Holy See.

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