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Philippine cardinal: be merciful in political life, dealings with Muslims

December 16, 2015

In a recent interview, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila discussed the ramifications of the jubilee year of mercy on political and social life of the Philippines.

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The prelate told La Stampa’s Vatican Insider that “when a politician cheats, steals, is unfaithful in the service he provides and fails to fulfill promises made, when they ignore the common good or indulge in corruption which is a plague in the Philippines, then they violate mercy.”

He added:

Mercy requires Christians and Muslims to put themselves in each other’s shoes, nurturing feelings of empathy, understanding each other’s feelings and rationale. It also involves learning and forgiving, the only way to achieve reconciliation. Trust needs to be rediscovered and built, starting with the things we have in common: we are human beings, we are Filipino citizens, we are children of Abraham, we have the same dreams for our children.

 


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