Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has asked the students to never bully others or allow bullying to happen in their schools or anywhere near them.
In his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Manila Cathedral, he noted ton June 19, 2019, the growing phenomenon of bullying, especially online.
“Gossiping, vulgarity, to underestimate others, spreading fake news, and bullying are not the works of the Holy Spirit,” an article posted on Radio Veritas’ website quoted Tagle as saying.
Instead, he called on students to tap modern communication to spread the Gospel.
“Don’t be shy to proclaim Jesus,” he said.
Addressing the teachers, the cardinal urged them to expand not only their students’ intellectual dimension but also the human heart.
Catholics schools are called to lead their students to Jesus, according to him.
“Whatever is the subject matter, make sure that what you are teaching are ideas and concepts that lead the students to God,” Tagle added.
The cardinal also stressed the importance of imparting the value of word of honor and by being truthful.
“When you said something, do it and make sure that it’s based on truth,” he said.
Hundreds of students and teachers in Manila’s Catholic schools attended the Holy Spirit Mass, a tradition among many Catholic educational institutions to mark the start of the academic year.