Country's seventh cardinal found COVID-19 positive
Cardinal Tagle tests positive for COVID-19
MANILA – The country’s seventh cardinal, former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples tested positive for coronavirus upon his arrival in Manila yesterday.
The Holy See Press office confirmed the report published by Vatican News early Friday evening.
In an article uploaded at CBCPNews, it was learned Cardinal Tagle, found to be asymptomatic, is under quarantine. He also heads Caritas Internationalis, the social action arm of the Catholic church. People who may have come onto contact with Cardinal Tagle may be requested to undergo tests as well.
He as a residence at the Congregation, Cardinal Tagle has been billeted at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino since his arrival in Rome last February.
The cardinal was in Turin to attend the episcopal ordination of the new Apostolic Nuncio for Mongolia, Fr. Giorgio Marengo.
The Vatican disclosed that Cardinal Tagle had already undergone a COVID-19 swab test in Rome on September 7, which yielded negative results. A day later, September 8, he led an online recollection for Filipino COVID-19 frontline workers under the auspices of Caritas Philippines and Cebu-based Dilaab Foundation.
Thee 32-year old cardinal was ordained to the priesthood in February 27, 1982 when he was 24 years old. He was later appointed Bishop of Imus at age 44 in October 22,2001 and appointed Archbishop of Manila at age 54 in October 13,2011.
He was elevated to Cardinal at age 55 in November 24,2012 and later appointed to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at age 62 in December 8,2019. (Melo M. Acuña)
His Eminence Luis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle. (File Photo/Melo M. Acuna)