MANILA (SE): The archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, marked his 35th anniversary of ordination on February 27 with thousands of victims of the fire that swept through a poor, densely populated area of the city on February 7.
Instead of holding an elaborate celebration, the cardinal spent the day in Parola Compound, a depressed area of the Tondo district.
At least 3,000 families lost their homes and most of them have survived in evacuation centres since that time.
CBCP News reported that Quiapo Church and Caritas Manila were among the first to respond to their needs, providing relief goods and survival kits to the victims.
Caritas Manila has also pledged housing units for at least 50 families displaced by the conflagration.
Cardinal Tagle encouraged the fire victims to keep their faith and never lose hope.