Archbishop Luis Tagle delivers his homily during his installation Mass inside the cathedral in Manila, Philippines, Dec. 12.
Catholic News Service
IMUS, Philippines — Archbishop Luis Tagle served as bishop here from 2001 until his appointment to his new post as head of the Manila Archdiocese.
“There’s so much we like about the (archbishop),” said one of the faithful. “He really takes care of people ... he’s so simple and generous and there’s no class structure when he deals with people; everyone is equal in his eyes. He lives such a beautiful life.”
Archbishop Tagle, a known advocate for the poor, was a tremendous help to him personally. On his meager salary, the parishioner put six daughters through college, and he said when things really got tight, the archbishop gave him money.
“He never expected anything in return,” the man explained. “All he asked was that whoever he helped should draw closer to God.”
Drawing closer to God was an essential lesson that Father Allan Valero learned from Archbishop Tagle, who was his seminary professor, and whom he called a brother, father and friend.
The new archbishop is a very joyful person with a sense of humor, and the 54-year-old is the kind of person “everyone always wants to be around.
“He enjoys what he does; whenever he has bloopers or makes mistakes, he can still laugh at himself,” said Father Valero.
“He can be serious, of course, when need be, but he can always look at the lighter side of things.”