Ta­gle’s mes­sage: So­cial dis­tanc­ing should not stop com­mu­nity car­ing

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By ROBERT­ZON RAMIREZ

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.

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