MANILA, Philippines — Vatican-bound Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle celebrated his last mass as archbishop of Manila on Sunday morning (09 February 2020) at the Manila Cathedral here.
The 62-year-old prelate will soon leave the country for the Vatican in Rome and assume his post as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Shortly after Tagle’s historic mass, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Tagle’s personal secretary and rector of the cathedral, unveiled the latter’s coat of arms now set in marble at the central nave as he ended his ministry in Manila.
“It has been a tradition in the Manila Cathedral that as an archbishop ends his term, his coat of arms is placed on marble at the central nave,” Malicdem said through a video posted on the Manila Cathedral’s Facebook page.
“This is a source of pride and joy for us… this signifies that you will be remembered in all the prayers and Masses offered in this cathedral.”
“This is also a sign that you continue to be a clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila. You still belong to us. And this is an assurance that you always have a home in this cathedral,” Malicdem added.
Tagle is the 32nd archbishop in the 441 years of the Archdiocese of Manila. (IAMIGO/SPH.com)