Cardinal Tagle tests positive for COVID-19: Vatican

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Posted at Sep 11 2020 10:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2020 03:12 AM

Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the current prefect of the Holy Office's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)- Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Vatican said Friday.

According to the Vatican's German language news website, Tagle got the confirmation upon his arrival in Manila.

Before that, however, he got a negative result after taking a coronavirus test in Rome last Sept. 7, the Vatican News reported.

The cardinal is asymptomatic and now in isolation. His office has yet to release an official statement.

Necessary checks are being carried out on those who have come into contact with Tagle in the past few days, the Vatican said.

Tagle was in Turin, Italy this week to take part in the episcopal ordination of the new Apostolic Nuncio for Mongolia, Fr. Giorgio Marengo.

According to an official bulletin of the Vatican, he met with Pope Francis on Aug. 29.

The Filpino prelate is the current prefect of the Holy Office's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.