Tagle’s message: Social distancing should not stop community caring
Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded the faithful not to allow the social distancing measure to eliminate “community caring” amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon in a bid to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In his homily for the prayers on healing of the world at the Pontificio Collegio Filipino in Rome on Wednesday night, Tagle said the public should always observe physical distancing wherever they go, but appealed to them not to forget their ties with their neighbors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I know, we need physical distancing and that is needed and we’re appealing to everyone to observe it where possible. Physical distancing should not lead to forgetfulness of neighbor,” said Tagle, who recently assumed his new post as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Vatican City.
Tagle said people might get used to physical distancing that will lead to being distant from their neighbors and would resort to name-calling and suspicions of one another.
“Or we might get used to physical distancing even without the epidemic, we will be distant with one another; we will be suspicious with one another. And we will brand people, we will blame, blame, blame – and that is a deadly virus,” he added.
“Physical distancing is for the common good, physical distancing should not eliminate community caring and that is what is needed today. This is a pandemic. This crisis, meaning pan, all demos, and people: it affects all people,” he added.
Tagle led the healing prayers of the world in the Vatican on Wednesday evening, Philippine time, where he reminded the faithful of the great renewal that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the people.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that health workers and other frontliners attending to COVID-19 patients are “the faces of Jesus.”
A worker from the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office assembles isolation tents on a covered basketball court at the Quezon Memorial Circle. The community isolation facility was set up by the Quezon City government for the monitoring of residents showing COVID symptoms.