Street kids meet pope in surprise, private encounter
MANILA, Philippines – Street children met privately with Pope Francis minutes after he celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Friday, January 16.
The Pope, accompanied by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, met privately with the kids at the Tulay ng Kabataan organization, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said.
Photos of the meeting, held at the Manila Cathedral, were posted by Fr Antonio Spadaro, reporting for Italy's RAI News and La Civilta Cattolica, who was also at the event.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines also posted about the touching meeting.
Spadaro's photos showed the children hugging and meeting Francis. One photo also showed Tagle and the Pope speaking to the children.
The meeting came after the kids sent 1,000 letters to the Holy Father requesting to meet him during his trip to the Philippines, CBCP News said in a report back in November.
It is the first meeting that was not included in the Pope's official itinerary for his 5-day trip to the Philippines. – Rappler.com