Filipinos bid farewell to Cardinal Sin

Thousands of Filipinos bid farewell yesterday to the late Cardinal Jaime Sin, the beloved spiritual leader who helped rally his nation in massive pro-democracy protests that ousted two presidents.

Associated Press reports that Sin's casket, draped in a Philippine flag, moved slowly in a horse-drawn carriage bedecked with white flowers in the square outside the Manila Cathedral, followed by bishops and a military guard of honour.

Police estimated the funeral crowd at about 20,000, some packing the cathedral and others watching on giant TV screens. Following a funeral Mass, Sin was laid to rest at the Manila Cathedral crypt, where other Philippine bishops are interred.

The cardinal died last Tuesday from complications due to kidney problems and diabetes. He was 76.

Sin, one of Asia's most prominent religious leaders, was known for his outspoken stance on issues from birth control to poverty, politics and the US-led war in Iraq. Seen as the moral compass in the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines, he even once apologised for the church's alleged neglect of the poor.

Sydney's Cardinal George Pell described him last week as a "giant of the Catholic Church".

"He was a man who loved God, loved his people and loved the Church," he said. "He was fearless in his denunciation of injustice and oppression, a man of compassion and courageous public witness to Christ."

Two years ago, Sin stepped down as head of the Manila archdiocese, which he served for nearly three decades. Declining health forced him to curtail his appearances. He was unable to attend the Vatican conclave that chose a new pope in April

Filipinos bid farewell to Cardinal Sin (Associated Press/Boston Globe 28/6/05)
Philippines' Cardinal Sin dies (CathNews 22/6/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines
Jaime Lachica Cardinal Sin (cardinalrating.com)

Philippines' Cardinal Sin dies (CathNews 22/6/05)
Cardinal Sin fighting for life in Manila hospital (CathNews 12/10/04)
Pope accepts resignation of Manila's Cardinal Sin (CathNews 16/9/03)
Cardinal calls for reform in Philippine society and Church (CathNews 31/7/03)
Philippines Cardinal urges public to rally behind President (CathNews 28/7/03)
Manila Cardinal recovering from stroke (CathNews 1/4/03)

The Pope sends condolences for Cardinal Sin's death (AsiaNews 21/6/05)

Funeral of Cardinal Sin in Manila Cathedral (Missionary Service News Agency 28/6/05)
Cardinal Sin dies, 76 (Catholic Weekly 26/6/05)
Manila prepares for largest burial (The Philippine Star 27/6/05)
Cardinal Jaime Sin (London Times 22/6/05)
Cardinal Jaime Sin (The Guardian 22/6/05)

29 Jun 2005