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)