Pope makes first address in English, to Manila conference

Cardinal Tagle

Speaking in English for the first time as pope, Francis greeted Asian Catholics at a conference on evangelisation in Manila, where Cardinal Tagle of the Philippiness apologised for the sins of the Church, report Vatican Insider and The Catholic Herald. 

The Pope's three-minute video message was broadcast during morning mass at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Friday, October 18, to participants at the first Philippine Conference on the New Evangelisation.

“I am happy to learn that you came to Manila from different parts of the Philippines and Asia”, he told them. “The Holy Spirit is actively at work in you. The Church of Christ is alive!” he added.

He expressed the hope that the conference would help them to “experience again the loving presence of Jesus in your lives”, to “love the Church more”, and to “share the Gospel to all people with humility and joy.” 

“Don’t get tired of bringing the mercy of the Father to the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the young people and families”, he told them.  He encouraged them to make Jesus known “in the world of politics, business, arts, science, technology and social media.”

He prayed that the Holy Spirit would “renew the creation and bring forth justice and peace in the Philippines and in the great continent of Asia that is close to my heart”.

Then looking at them straight in the eye, he asked them:  “Please pray for me. I need it! And I promise to pray for you.”   He concluded with these words in the Filipino language: “Viva the Philippines!  Viva Asia! May God bless you!”

Cardinal Tagle, who was presiding at the mass, and the participants at the conference applauded warmly when the Pope finished speaking.


Pope makes first address in English, to Manila conference (Vatican Insider)

Pope gives first address in English (Tablet)  

Cardinal Tagle asks for forgiveness (Catholic Herald)

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