When news broke out that Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, netizens took to social media to wish him a speedy recovery.
Prayers poured in from different parts of the world for Cardinal Tagle’s healing and good health. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also asked bishops to include the Cardinal in their daily Mass intentions until he recovers fully from COVID-19. (Read: Bishop Broderick Pabillo Tests Positive for COVID-19)
CBCP Acting President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan says prayers are important to help the Cardinal recover and “resume his important ministry” as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. (Read: What exactly will Cardinal Tagle be doing as new cardinal-bishop?)
Visit to Manila
Cardinal Tagle arrived in Manila from Rome on Thursday for a short summer break. He is supposed to be visiting his elderly parents in Imus, Cavite. (Read: Cardinal Tagle’s Favorite: Nanay Mila’s Pinangat na Sapsap Recipe) However, because of his condition, he is prevented from doing so as he has to stay in isolation for 14 days.
As a travel requirement, the former Manila archbishop had a swab test in Rome on September 7. The results were negative. However, after he had another test upon his arrival in Manila on September 10, the results came out to be positive. He was found to be asymptomatic and was immediately put on quarantine.
Residents at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) in Rome where Cardinal Tagle has been staying were also put under quarantine.
“While currently there are no perceived health and safety risks, as part of our precautionary measures, residents are instructed to remain within the premises of the Collegio until further instructions,” said Fr. Gregory Gaston, PCF Rector.
My Pope joins the Catholic community in praying for Padre Chito’s speedy recovery.