BREAKING: Former Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle tested positive for COVID-19

Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle
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The Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples tested positive on his arrival in the Philippine capital on Thursday. Earlier, he denounced those who profit from the pandemic.

The Holy See Press Office on Friday, 11 September, confirmed that Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has tested positive with COVID-19 after a swab test.”Cardinal Tagle actually tested positive for COVID-19 with a pharyngeal swab carried out yesterday on his arrival in Manila,” said a brief statement by Matteo Bruni, the Director of the Holy See Press Office.

Thus, the Philippine Cardinal who is Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples as well as President of Caritas Internationalis, the federation of Catholic charities worldwide, becomes the first head of a Vatican dicastery with COVID-19.Responding to journalists, Bruni said the Cardinal “does not have any symptoms and will remain in mandatory self-quarantine in the Philippines, where he is located”.

“In the meantime,” he added, “necessary checks are being carried out among those who have come into contact with His Eminence in recent days.”He said Cardinal Tagle had undergone a swab test in Rome on 07 September, which turned out negative.