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Seeing Beyond the Numbers of Migration

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By Oliver Oliveros, editor-in-chief

It’s no wonder why one of the early favorite papabiles—possible candidates to be elected pope—at the papal conclave held last year was our very own Philippine cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. Aligned with the current Pope of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, Pope Saint John XXIII, and the Second Vatican Council’s emphatic outlook toward others, Cardinal Tagle believes in the “medicine of nursing and compassion.

“We hold on to a moral teaching, but we hold on to it with compassion,” he said to an intimate group of journalists, including yours truly, an hour before the cardinal accepted a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from President Joseph McShane, S.J. and the Board of Trustees of Fordham University at its Rose Hill campus in the Bronx last month.

A member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants (PCPCMI), Cardinal Tagle urges people to see beyond the staggering statistics about compelled migration, i.e.…