Sunday, 10 March 2019 08:19

Cardinal Tagle leads Manila Cathedral’s launch of the new book on faith and history


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the launching of The Manila Cathedral’s new coffee table book entitled “Manila Cathedral: Restoring a Monument to Faith, Architecture and History,” on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at The Manila Cathedral, at 10 in the morning.

Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia receives a copy of the new coffee table book of Manila Cathedral for Pope Francis (Photo Credit: The Manila Cathedral Facebook Page)

According to Cardinal Tagle, who recently had a visit to war-ravaged Syria as president of Caritas Internationalis, said that the book is a “testament to faith, to unending hope, undying hope”.

“We will launch this book which is not just a book. It is a testament. It is our way of witnessing to the power of love. If you love God, if you love your community then your faith will urge you to do something,” Cardinal Tagle said during his welcome remarks.

“So as this book chronicles how to reconstruct a cathedral, the first cathedral in the Philippines, we don’t have only data about architectures, about expenses, about all the studies. We have much more than that,” Cardinal Tagle added.

In his closing remarks, Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of The Manila Cathedral urged the faithful to bring home to their homes a copy of the book.

“Today let me say that every good Filipino Catholic should have a personal copy not only of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church but also of the Coffee Table Book of the Manila Cathedral,” Fr. Malicdem said.

“Please bring home a copy of the book about our home to your homes. A book about our home, our mother Church, the Manila Cathedral,” he added.

Present during the launch were Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia who received the book for Pope Francis, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, and Mr. Alfred Ty of GT foundation.

Fr. Malicdem also commended Rev. Msgr. Nestor Cerbo, former rector of the cathedral who was also in attendance who took on the challenging task of restoring the cathedral from 2012 – 2014.

The Manila Cathedral will also give a copy of the book to the dicastery of the Holy See, College of Cardinals, NCC LGU, Intramuros Administration, National Library, all schools and clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila, and GT Foundation.

The book is available at the Manila Cathedral with a regular price of P2,500.00. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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