Pope Francis’ Philippine trip draws to triumphant close

The Pope draws millions in his last full day in the Philippines, the biggest event of his five-day visit

MANILA, Philippines – On Pope Francis’ final mass in the Philippines, he leaves a powerful message that integrates faith into nation building.

Carmela Fonbuena reports.

Pope Francis meets government officials in Malacanang, priests at the Manila Cathedral, and typhoon victims in Leyte.

Here in Luneta he meets the general Filipino Catholics, sees the Filipino culture and how it shows their faith.

It’s a fiesta that cannot be dampened even by a typhoon. The mass is solemn.

Pope Francis repeats his message against corruption and highlights the need to protect the Filipino family – a condemnation of a new government policy that funds contraceptives for the poor.

The mass is a culmination of his visit to the Philippines where he called on Filipinos to become outstanding missionaries and ask them to pray for him.

Carmela Fonbuena, Rappler, Manila. – Rappler.com