Elizabeth Rankin | March 3, 2017
Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, a dynamic, persistent and humble advocate for the poor and marginalized in his native Philippines and around the world, will receive the Ford Family Notre Dame Award for Human Development and Solidarity at a campus ceremony at 8 p.m. March 24 (Friday) in the McKenna Hall Auditorium.
Following the award presentation, the cardinal will deliver an address on integral human development. Both the ceremony and the lecture are free and open to the public.
The 32nd archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Tagle serves as the president of Caritas International, a confederation of more than 160 Catholic relief organizations that work to end poverty, promote justice and restore the dignity of the most vulnerable, regardless of race or religion.
His work at Caritas, he has said, “embodies love. For us, love is a person: especially those who have been forgotten by the world, those who have been victimized by injustice, poverty, conflicts.”
“Cardinal Tagle is cut of the same cloth as Pope Francis, who named him president of Caritas,” said Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, which presents the award.
“He has been a tireless champion of the poor, as much by example as by word. He opens his home to the homeless and eats with them in his house. He spends time listening to the most marginalized, working to ensure that their experiences and concerns inform his ministry and the Church’s efforts to promote justice and peace.”