Cardinal Tagle calls for prayer, fasting vs 'crisis of truth'

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called for prayer and fasting as the Philippines faces a "crisis of truth" brought about by partisan politics and fake news.

Tagle made this call in a letter that the Archdiocese of Manila sent to reporters on Thursday, May 17, and was signed by Tagle on Sunday, May 13. 

In his letter to priests, religious brothers, and nuns of the Archdiocese of Manila, Tagle requested 12 days of prayer and fasting from May 20, Pentecost Sunday, until May 31, the Feast of the Visitation. 

Tagle requested the following:

On his request for prayer, Tagle said, "We ask pardon for sins committed against truth and open ourselves to the action of the Spirit of Truth."

On his request for fasting, the cardinal added, "Through fasting we redirect our focus from ourselves and our groups to the community."

Tagle's appeal comes as heated issues divide the country. These issues include the removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the move to amend the charter, and the proliferation of fake news.

"The crisis of truth has sown seeds of suspicion, mistrust, and fragmentation. Partisan politics has turned into political 'tribalization.' The common good is one of the first casualties," Tagle said. –

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at