Pope Francis has shown how spontaneous he is — TNK Director

January 17, 2015 2:33 am 

MANILA, Jan. 16 — Pope Francis had shown how spontaneous he is.

This, after the Holy Father visited an orphanage in Manila on Friday, right after officiating his first Mass in the country at the Manila Cathedral.

Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, Executive Director of Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK) foundation, said that they were surprised when the pontiff entered their premises which is located right across the cathedral along General Luna St., in Intramuros, Manila.

“Yes, very spontaneous, after the Cathedral I am very lucky because as you can see our office is on the other side of the Cathedral…and that he entered, it was not only to pass by, but really to enter the Cathedral,” he said.

“What we knew and what we are prepared with the children is that he will just pass here since all the crowd is in front of the Cathedral, but a few minutes before the end of the mass somewhere a security pass by so, maybe he learned that there was a centre, “ the priest added.

Dauchez said that the Pope hugged the children as soon as he opened the gate and seeing the children numbering to 270.

“When I saw him, he looked tired but when he entered the centre, when he saw all the children inside, you know his face was full of joy because of these Children and this is very meaningful because it means that not only the Pope is bringing hope to the Children, but he is really drawing hope from them,” he added.

Dauchez said during the encounter, which lasted for 10 or 15 minutes, the Pope blessed and told the children, “Don't forget that you are loved by Jesus."

He noted that the children were happy to see the Holy Father. “They are happy. They expressed all the emotions because of this visit. You know, when you tell a child that you are loved by Christ it's true and its very strong,” the TNK official added.

On the other hand, |10 year old Adrian Atis, who was the one who first saw the Pope when he visited the centre said he felt excited upon seeing the Holy Father.

“Pag papunta pa lang ni pope, sumalubong ako agad sa kanya. Nandiyan pa lang siya sa gate, pumunta na ako para salubungin siya, niyakap ko at dinala sa mga malilit na bata to bless,” he said.

He added, “masaya ako nung niyakap ko siya, kase ngayon lang ako nakayakap ng pope.” (PNA)

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