A providential boost for the Philippine church’s Year for Poor

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest currently stationed in the Philippine diocese of Cebu said that not only is Pope Francis' visit an opportunity to vamp-up evangelization efforts, but also fuels the local church's push to help the poor. “Part of the pastoral thrust of the Church in the Philippines in 2015 is that it is Year for the Poor,” Father Justin of the Brothers of Saint John told CNA Jan. 15. So during the visit, he said, … [Read more...]

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History made! Philippine crowd for Pope Francis hits 6-7 million

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6-7 million people attended his closing Mass. “The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists at a press conference in Manila on Sunday, calling it the "largest event of the history of the … [Read more...]

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Catholic and non-Catholic alike; young people swarm for Pope

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Harold Ducusin, like many of his peers, traveled several hours to join tens of thousands of other young Filipinos to see Pope Francis at the sports field of Santo Tomas University Jan. 18. Unlike most of his peers at the event, however, Ducusin isn't Catholic. “It's really the first time I've participated in an activity like this, I really admire him as a Pope,” he said. During the event, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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Protect the family – Pope’s parting message to the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 01:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it. The Christ Child, explained Pope Francis, “reminds us of the importance of protecting our family, and those larger families which are the Church, God’s family, and the world, our human … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Those who give must also learn to receive

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone who helps the poor should consider whether they know how to ask for help in areas where they themselves are poor, Pope Francis suggested to a young engineer who helped Typhoon Haiyan victims.“Do you feel self-sufficient, and only offer something and think you have no need of anything? Do you know that you, too, are poor? Do you know the need to receive? Do you let yourselves be evangelized by the ones you … [Read more...]

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Pope’s prescription for our info-saturated world: being surprised by love

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 11:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tens of thousands of Filipino youth gathered in Manila with Pope Francis on Sunday and heard his recommendation that a society inundated in information should embrace God’s loving surprises.“God is a God of surprises, because he always loved us first, and he awaits us with a surprise,” Pope Francis said Jan. 17 at a youth rally on the campus of the University of Santo Tomas. “Love opens you to surprise and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays for woman killed at Philippines Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 10:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis led a youth rally in prayer for Kristel Padasas, a young woman who died in a freak accident at Saturday’s papal Mass in the Philippines. “Sad news today,” the Pope said Jan. 18. “Yesterday as Mass was about to start, a piece of the scaffolding fell and upon falling, it hit a young woman who was working in the area, and she died. Her name is Kristel.” “She worked for the … [Read more...]

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