Pope’s Francis visit in the Philippines had been awaited by millions of people, who listened to his speech on how society could be a better place and there would be less abandoned children if humans had more compassion.
The number of people who gathered in Manilla to listen the Mass of Pope Francis has been beyond imagination. Four million people were only in the Park Rizal and more others were standing in the surrounding areas.
The catholic leader was driven trough the crowd with an automobile that had been specially modified for him from a jeepney, the transportation means most common on the Philippines. There were expected the appearance of about six million people, more than the crowd of five million people who attended the Mass of Pope John Paul the 2nd in 1995.
As he was passing by, the pope stopped on the way, to kiss children and bless religious statues. His arrival has been awaited like warm bread. The people in Manilla have lined up in front of the gates from dawn, so they could get the chance to see the pope. The gates, opened with nine hours ahead of the three hours Mass.
During his speech, Pope Francis, told filipinos that certain society structures have to be changed for them to overcome poverty, corruption and ignorance. A subject which he addressed a few days ago, also to president, Benigno Aquino who was present at the Mass.
He also pointed towards the government’s means of controlling the population, which he believed were against all the sacred beliefs.
While he was attending a meeting with students and young people at a catholic university in Manilla, Pope Francis was filed with emotions by the question of a 12 year old girl, who’s parents had abandoned her.
She told him that she is aware of the many parents abandoning their children and a lot of them end up in damaging situations, such as drug abuse or prostitution. Her main concern was why would God allow all these bad things to happen to the children, as it was not their own fault and why aren’t they helped by more people?
The little girl, got tot emotional to be able to finish the questions and she broke down in tears. Pope Francis gave her a hug and tried to respond to her question, even though he considered the answer was almost impossible to be found.
The response was more like a question for the whole crowd, and asked why do innocent children have to suffer? The Pope might have hinted that the solution is in our hands. He asked if human beings have learned to feel compassion for a child on the street, who is starving, and has no roof above his head, for a child who uses drugs, a child that is abused or used as a slave.
Pope Francis reopened the subject inches homily, during the Mass, and reminded people that every single child has to be treated like a gift. The young ones have to be taken care of not taking away their hopes and condemn them to living in the streets.
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