After NYC, a second honorary degree for Cardinal Luis Tagle

Cardinal Tagle was a CUA Summa cum Laude

Cardinal Tagle was a CUA Summa cum Laude

The Catholic University of America (CUA) will confer an honorary degree upon Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, on May 17.

The Cardinal will also celebrate mass on Sunday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Matthews the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

After the mass, attendees will march to the Philippine Embassy for lunch and fellowship where Tagle will address the Filipino American Youth.

The event will have a Fiesta-like atmosphere where children are encouraged to participate in the Flores De Mayo and the youth ages 15-30 may pose questions for Tagle during the forum. There will also be an opportunity to meet and greet the Cardinal.

Guests may also bring their more then 12 inches statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be blessed by the Cardinal.

The Cardinal will receive a Doctor of Theology, honoris causa at the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in N.E. Washington D.C.

The Archbishop of Manila is an alumnus of CUA, having received his licentiate and doctorate degrees in sacred theology in1987 to 1991 where he was Summa cum Laude. He is known throughout the Philippines for his strong pro-life advocacy as well as his commitment to spiritual truth and embrace of social media. He was proclaimed cardinal by Pope Bendict XVI in 2012, and has been archbishop of Manila since 2011.

Last March 28 Fordham University in New York also conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, upon the Cardinal.

Born in Manila in 1957, he was raised in a devoutly Catholic environment. The universal church has frequently relied upon the talents and generosity of Cardinal Tagle. Pope John Paul II appointed him to the Vatican’s International Theological Commission, where he served from 1997 until 2002. Currently he serves on the Permanent Council of the Synod of Bishops and the Congregation for Catholic Education. Pope Francis recently appointed him to the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

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