Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Holy Face of Manoppello

This incredibly powerful testimony is in Italian, but English closed captions have now been added.  Cardinal Tagle’s conversation with Antonio Bini– The Cardinal said that it seemed that the Holy Face welcomed him and smiled at him! He says, “The Face of Truth and Love!”  Cardinal Tagle’s face says it all! (Just click on the arrow to play the video and be sure to click on cc for closed captioning.)

Cardinal Tagle and journalist Antonio Bini

Italian journalist Antonio Bini said the video interview came about spontaneously in the heart of a friendly conversation.  Antonio found Cardinal Tagle to be “an extraordinary person of humility, spirituality, wisdom and culture.”  In the video Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle radiates the joy of the Holy Spirit, reflecting the Truth and Love he found in the Holy Face.  The Cardinal shares his thoughts directly and sincerely from his heart with Antonio Bini.  Antonio is the author of the book shown in the video, “The Holy Face, from Manoppello to the World” which is a treasure trove of information about the Holy Veil of Manoppello.  Cardinal Tagle also has an encouraging  message in English for “Friends of the Holy Face” who spread this devotion:  (click here)

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as he prepares for Solemn Mass at the Basilica Sanctuary of the Holy Face (Photo: Antonio Bini)

Here is the English transcript of the video, that can be read thanks to Raymond Frost:

Cardinal Tagle:  “I saw the Holy Face under the changing of the light, not only a Face of tenderness, but of welcoming.  I saw a Face smiling at me, almost saying, “Welcome Luis Antonio!”  It is a Face that speaks, it is alive, yes, it is the message, the Word is the Face, yes (referring to the book in the foreground) “Holy Face to the World”, Fr. Carmine sent this to me.  It is also a Face turned towards me, but I did not feel fear, fear in front of a judge, or of a face which condemns.  A Face of Truth, and the Truth is love, love wins out over fear.  I thought this afternoon perhaps this is the Last Judgement–it is not a judgement full of fear and dread, but in front of pure love–I do not want to hide myself.  There is no reason to hide myself, but, there is only the reason to open my heart in front of a Face open to love, open to welcoming, open to pardoning my mistakes.  It is an experience of liberation, and religious experience for me.”  

Padre Carmine Cucinelli, Rector of Basilica Sanctuary of the Holy Face and Cardinal Tagle (photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)

For more on Cardinal Tagle’s visit you may read “It is the Lord” by Paul Badde/CNA, which may be found by clicking (here)

Cardinal Tagle’s blessing with the precious relic of the Veil of Manoppello (photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)

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