Church people and the laity were urged by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to take their calling in Christ seriously.
The cardinal said this as he expressed hope that the observance of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines will lead to “a celebration that we are called” to make a difference for Jesus.
“To our priests, the religious and laypeople, please take your formation seriously, please take your studies seriously,” CBCP News quoted Tagle in his online talk show “The Jesuit Hour” of the Jesuit Communications (Jescom).
“Please take your mission seriously not only for the good of the Church in the Philippines but for our contribution to the universal Church because we have a contribution,” he added.
The prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said that some people may not see or appreciate their contribution to the Church “but there really is.”
In his online talk show, the cardinal also revealed that the papal Mass in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica last March 14 for the quincentennial celebration was supposed to be presided by him and not Pope Francis.
Tagle said when the Pope found out that it was for the Filipino community in Rome, “he took it.”
He quoted the Pope as saying: “I want to acknowledge especially the contributions of poor Filipinos and overseas Filipino workers in different parts of the world.”
Tagle, who has been in the country since early August for a vacation, is scheduled to return to Rome next week.