Manila, Philippines, Dec 26, 2019 / 16:30 pm America/Denver (CNA).
In the wake of rising suicide rates in the Philippines, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle issued a Christmas statement expressing his shock at the trend and calling for cultural renewal.
“The mystery of Christmas is contrary to the drive, the desire and the impulse to destroy people, lives, families, societies and creation,” said Cardinal Tagle in a statement released over Christmas.
The Cardinal is serving his final weeks as Archbishop of Manila. Earlier this month he was appointed by Pope Francis as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The cardinal also alluded to rising trends in bullying, including via social media, as contributing factors in rising suicide rates.
“We are saddened and shocked to see how some people find pleasure and ‘success’ in having shattered other people’s lives,” Tagle said in a Christmas video message released over the holiday.