Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila met with HIV patients and their families on April 30 at the San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
The Cardinal told the people with HIV to have courage and "never lose their faith." It was an emotional moment for the cardinal, who spent half an hour with around 25 patients and their families.
Father Emerico Sixto San Juan, who was also inside the ward, said the cardinal urged the patients to keep praying and find their strength from faith.
"The cardinal told them to have courage and keep their faith in God," said Father San Juan, who is also the rector of the San Carlos Minor Seminary.
Cardinal Tagle, who just came from a three-day Caritas Solidarity Conference in Nepal, also spoke with the patients' families and warned against the damage done to children when they see their parents fighting. The cardinal said it is normal that couples fight but urged them not to end the day without making peace.
"Cardinal told the parents to immediately settle their differences because it adds to the physical sickness of their children with HIV," Father San Juan added. (UCAN)