'I have special admiration for Filipinos' - Pope Francis
MANILA, Philippines - It has been many months since Pope Francis visited the Philippines, but he still has fond memories of his trip and of the Filipinos who welcomed him.
"I have special admiration for Filipinos," Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma quoted the leader the Catholic church telling a group of Filipino bishops attending the ongoing Synod on the family in the Vatican, according to CBCP News.
Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera said the Pope fondly recalled the “Lolo Kiko” nickname that Filipinos gave the Argentinian pope. “He was really laughing and was so happy about it,” Garcera said.
The Pope also appreciated how the elderly are well-cared for and held in high regard in the Philippines.
“It’s a sign that I am appreciated. I am loved in the Philippines,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis visited the Philippines from January 15 to 19, 2015. He was welcomed by millions of Filipino Catholics and non-Catholics who said they were inspired by his message of "mercy and compassion." - Rappler.com