MANILA — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle officiated a mass at the custodial cell of the Manila Police District on Saturday.
He said that the purpose of the visit is part of the human and pastoral calling.
“I count it as part of human and pastoral calling. Una pag nasa preso ako napapa alala ako na lahat naman tayo ay taong marurupok, walang pwede magmalaki, wala ng pwede mag mataas pag pinaguusapan ang kahinaan, kasalanan magkakapatid tayo lahat dyan,” Tagle said in an interview.
He added, “It is a good reminder to me and to all of us that we need to establish a certain solidarity based on our common humble admission that we are all weak and sinners.”
According to the cardinal, this is not the first time that he visited a jail, as he used to do this while he was still the bishop of Cavite.
“Ang tunay na compassion is based on justice but justice also demands that the person who committed sin we hope that person could be restored to holiness hindi yun parang masama ka, hanggang dyan ka na lang na wala ka ng pagasa at dito papasok yun pastoral,” Tagle said.
A total of 83 inmates are currently confined at the custodial cell.
The mass and the pastoral visit was organized by Caritas Manila.
On the other hand, Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz, MPD chief of staff said they are glad that the Cardinal visited the MPD, adding that it is a blessing for them.
“Blessing yun kasi ang dami bonus na nangyari, una for the pastoral visit lang nagkaroon ng mass, nag bless vehicles. Ang importante nakasalamuha namin sya,” he said.
Some 50 pieces of Segway have been blessed by Tagle to be stationed in tourist belt area, University belt area, and around churches like Quiapo and Sta. Cruz, he said.