Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula on Tuesday, August 31, presided a Mass for his predecessor the late Jaime Cardinal Sin at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
Jaime Cardinal Sin (Photo courtesy RCAM)
Held at the crypt of the cathedral, the Mass was in celebration of Sin’s 93rd birthday.
In a Facebook post, the Manila Cathedral said, during the Mass the cardinal “encouraged everyone to take to heart the mission of Jesus to the family and society, just like what Cardinal Sin did during his lifetime.”
The Archdiocese of Manila asked everyone to continue to include Sin in their prayers
“Let us continue to include him in our prayers. May his soul rest peacefully in the arms of God,” the archdiocese said in a separate post.
It was on June 21, 2005 when the well-loved Sin died due to multiple organ failure. He died two months before his 77th birthday.
During his 29-year pastoral stewardship as Archbishop of Manila, he was able to erect 109 parishes, in 17 cities and municipalities in Metro Manila with a Catholic population of almost 12 million.
He also ordained 530 priests and was principal consecrator for 15 bishops.
At the time of his retirement in 2003 on reaching his 75th birthday as mandated by Canon Law, the archdiocese had been divided and given rise to five new dioceses, namely, Cubao, Pasig, Parañaque, Kalookan and Novaliches.