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’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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What Pope Francis learned from homeless girl: ‘Cry with the suffering!’

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 09:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Filipino former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar for asking why God allows children to suffer, saying her tearful question shows that Christians must “learn how to weep.”The 12-year-old Glyzelle burst into tears as she recounted her experience to the Pope on Sunday: “there are many children neglected by their own parents. There are also many who became victims and many terrible things happened … [Read more...]

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Here’s why Pope Francis goes off script

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why Pope Francis so frequently deviates from his prepared speeches. “Every time that we are in a particularly intense situation, the Pope desires to speak from the heart,” the spokesman told journalists during the Jan. 17 briefing. “Sometimes maybe he is tired or he feels (he is) not … [Read more...]

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