Manila Archdiocese collects blood to mark Cardinal Tagle’s 60th birthday
Instead of material gifts, a priest and employees of the Archdiocese of Manila gifted Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle with their blood.
The collection drive was held at the Archdiocesan Chancery in the historic Intramuros on 19th June to commemorate the birthday of the cardinal, who turns 60 today, on 21st June.
Fr Sanny de Claro, archdiocesan director of human resource development, told ucanews.com that the group chose to gift the cardinal with their blood because it symbolises life.
“I think the best gift is to help save or extend somebody’s life, that’s why we have this blood donation drive,” Fr de Claro said.
“Through this, we also want to show the cardinal that we treasure life,” he added.
The blood collected will be used particularly to help poor people who cannot afford to buy blood, the priest said.
Picture: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, is seen in Manila in this 2015 file photo. The Archdiocese of Manila held a blood drive at the chancery on 19th June to commemorate his 60th birthday. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).Tags: Archdiocese of Manila, blood, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Cardinal Tagle, Fr de Claro, Fr Sanny de Claro, manila