Don't put burden of change in Pope's hands: Tagle

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 13 2015 01:54 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2015 12:32 AM

Pope visit not about selfies – Tagle

MANILA - Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said Filipinos should not place the burden of changing the political and social landscape of the Philippines in the hands of Pope Francis.

“Napakabigat namang iatang sa balikat ng Santo Papa [na mababago ang Pilipinas sa pagdating at pag-alis niya]. Nasa atin kung makikinig tayo o isasabuhay ang kanyang mensahe,” he told radio dzMM.

He said the visit, happening in two days, is not about the “selfies” or the amount of “pictures” one will be able to get during his activities here.

“Hindi lang sapat na ‘nandoon ako,’ na ‘nakita ko si Santo Papa,’ na ‘nakalapit ako.’ Yung iba nga, mayroon pang, ‘naka-selfie ako.’ Ang mahalaga ay: Pakinggan lalo ang mensahe ng Diyos na kanyang ipapahayag, damhin ang kanyang pagpi-preach.”

In a fervently Catholic country, the visit is expected to draw millions of Filipinos into the main capital beginning January 15.

Tagle said Pope Francis has time and again said that he should not be the focus, but Jesus.

He said the pope already knows the situation in the Philippines amid the beautification process some sectors are doing. He said Pope Francis knows the realities in the country, including the poverty.

“Yung paglilinis, nagtanong ako kung bakit? Dahil yata sa security… para hindi itago sa Santo Papa. Alam na ng Santo Papa ‘yan, nakapagpadala na kami ng situationer, ng mga letrato,” he said.

He said the pope will have an encounter with people most in need of attention, such as in Leyte.

Tagle, who has worked with the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, said the pope knows deep humility and realism.

This is why the pope also keeps on telling his flock to pray for him every step of the way.

“Masyadong malalim ang kanyang pagkakilala sa sarili bilang taong makasalanan, may limitasyon… Hindi lang realistic na assessment, alam din niya ang bigat ng kanyang responsibilidad,” Tagle said.

He reiterated that amid all the excitement, he reminded the people to put in action the messages of God through Pope Francis.

He said the Catholic Church can also learn from the experience.

“Lalong paigtingin pa ang pagtulong [sa kapwa]. Sabi nga sa bibliya, sa pelikula: Tinimbang ka, ngunit kulang. Laging kulang, kaya aaminin natin ‘yun. Itong impetus na ito, kung mayroon nang ginagawa, huwag makuntento.”