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Cardinal Tagle Tests Positive for COVID-19

He was swabbed on his arrival in Manila on Thursday.
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Former Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has tested positive for COVID-19 after a swab test.

"Cardinal Tagle actually tested positive for COVID-19 with a pharyngeal swab carried out yesterday on his arrival in Manila,” said a brief statement by Matteo Bruni, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, according to Vatican News. 

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It reported Bruni as saying Tagle  “does not have any symptoms and will remain in mandatory self-quarantine in the Philippines, where he is located.”

Bruni said Tagle had earlier undergone a swab test in Rome on September 7, which showed negative results. 

Tagle moved to the Vatican in February this year after Pope Francis named him Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

In May, he was named
 Cardinal Bishop, a title given to members of the highest order within the College of Cardinals. Tagle is one of 11 with this title, and the first Asian to reach such a level.

He is also the President of Caritas Internationalis, the federation of Catholic charities worldwide.

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