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Tagle to Philippine leaders: Imitate Christâs compassionate governance
In a short video message, Tagle now prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and based in the Vatican cited a passage from the Book of Jeremiah that describes a “false shepherd” as someone who “misleads, scatters, drives people away and does not care.”
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Tagle to Philippine leaders: Imitate Christ’s compassionate governance

Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star) - July 21, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — With less than a year before the 2022 general elections, former Manila archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded the country’s leaders to imitate the “compassionate governance” of Jesus Christ.

In a short video message, Tagle now prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and based in the Vatican cited a passage from the Book of Jeremiah that describes a “false shepherd” as someone who “misleads, scatters, drives people away and does not care.”

The Book of St. Paul says those “who used to be separated by hostility, they become one community in the person of the shepherd,” according to Tagle.

“How we wish that this type of leadership and governance would be present not only in faith-based groups, but also in nations, in government, for it is only in the person of the one who rules and not just in the rules or laws – that we find true compassion,” he added.

Tagle said Christ’s kind of leadership is something that is not taught in the four walls of educational institutions, but is “deeply personal” and naturally comes out because of the “quality of the person.”

He said that compassionate governance should also be applied to families, communities and parishes, not just in politics.

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