During the big gathering at Santo Thomas university this morning, in front of hundred thousands of youth, the Holy father listened with emotion to the testimonies of Jun Chura, 14 years old, and Glyzelle, 12 years old, street children sheltered by ANAK-Tnk Foundation after having experienced the worst in the streets of Manila. «Why is God allowing such things to happen, even if it’s not the fault of the children? », asked Glyzelle bursting into tears.
The Holy Father then embraced them for a long time. The very emotional scene is a strong illustration of the Papal’s visit theme: compassion. «One must ask himself : did I learn to cry when I see a child who is hungry, a child using drugs in the street, a child without a home, a child abandoned, a child abused, a child used by a society as a slave?» hammered the Holy Father with firmly. No doubt, this image will be one of the most moving of the apostolic visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.