MANILA, Philippines – It’s Pope Francis’ last day in the Philippines tomorrow. Before he leaves, some Filipinos will try to get one last glimpse of a man they adore.
Jee Geronimo reports.
It’s Pope Francis’ last night in the Philippines, and here at the Apostolic Nunciature, many Catholic faithful are staying overnight to say goodbye to their charismatic leader
49-year-old Adelina Delos Reyes says she’s staying until tomorrow morning because she needs to.
ADELINA DELOS REYES: Once I see him the magical word that I’m going to shout is ‘Pope Francis, I’m here.’
She says she’d rather lose sleep than miss the opportunity to see the Pope one last time.
Pope Francis’ last full day in the Philippines was jampacked. On Sunday, morning he met religious leaders and the Filipino youth at the University of Santo Tomas.
In the afternoon, he led a mass at Luneta.
The public events are over, but many Filipinos aim to make the most out of this visit.
ADELINA DELOS REYES: Thank you for the love. We value your presence here so much and I hope he was able to appreciate yung pagpapahalaga rin at pagmamahal na binibigay ng bansang Pilipinas na kahit umulan umaga, talagang nandito. (I hope he was able to appreciate the value and the love that we Filipinos have given him. Even if we have to get up incredibly early and stand in the rain, we’re here.)
No one knows when a Pope will come to the Philippines again, but many will remember this trip because of Pope Francis, who for the last 4 days showed mercy and compassion in words and deeds.
Jee Geronimo, Rappler, Manila – Rappler.com
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