Filipino Cardinal His Eminence Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila will wash the feet of migrants and refugees during this week’s Holy Thursday evening liturgy that commemorates Christ’s washing of the feet of His disciples. Among those whose feet the His Eminence Cardinal will be washing at Manila Cathedral are the parents of Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker found dead in a freezer in Kuwait.
There will also be Father Teresito Chito Soganob, the priest held captive by the Maute terrorist group for almost four months in Marawi City in the south. The priest’s inclusion in the Holy Thursday rite is also significant as the Filipino Church is marking the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.
The migrants’ ministry of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in September 2017 reported that there are about 30 refugees, mostly from Pakistan, who are being cared for by the local Church.
There are also about 600 refugees and asylum seekers in the country and majority of them are from Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Somalia.