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Cardinal Tagle unveils 2 mobile clinics for Manila’s poor

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle ‎blessing a mobile clinic for the poor in his Archdiocese Manila. - RV

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle ‎blessing a mobile clinic for the poor in his Archdiocese Manila. - RV

27/06/2016 16:01

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Friday unveiled a project in an effort to reach out to people for ‎whom healthcare services are hardly a reality.  The Archbishop of the Philippine capital, Manila, blessed ‎two mobile clinics of Caritas Manila, donated by the US-based Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry for ‎its “Make Sad Eyes Smile” project in Pennsylvania in September 2015.  Through the two trailers, ‎volunteer doctors and nurses will provide services to street children and the homeless in areas of ‎Metro Manila. “If they can’t come to the hospital then the clinic will ‎go to them. Through these clinics, we hope that God’s concern and healing could reach many people,” ‎said 59-year old Card. Tagle, who in May last year was elected the president of Caritas Internationalis ‎by over 130 member organizations from all over the world. ‎

According to American Barnabite priest Fr. Robert Kosek, who heads the Barnabite Heart to Heart ‎Ministry, clinics are simple “acts of kindness” and proof that “love still exists.”  “I call these clinics the ‎oasis of mercy through the countless of people donated… people who cannot be here but gave one ‎dollar or 50 cents (for these project),” said the priest who worked in the Philippines.  Card. Tagle ‎agreed with him saying that just like any act of love, there’s a community behind it.  “So we thanks the ‎collaborators and friends who pursued this worthy project,” he said. “This is close to a miracle. People ‎were generous. People were selfless.” He added that the mobile clinics as “gifts” are impetus and ‎invitation “for all of us to spread compassion.”  “Let us nurture the gift and let it be used responsibly to ‎promote the good especially of the poor,” the Tagle said. (Source: CBCP)‎

27/06/2016 16:01