Bataan students offer songs to Pope

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MARIVELES, Bataan: As a way of saying “thank you for visiting us,” elementary and high school students from 16 Catholic schools in Bataan on Thursday dedicated their songs, dances, musical skits and prayerful greetings to Pope Francis, wishing the best this Christmas.

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The children also followed the examples of Pope Francis, who is known for his humility and concern for the poor, by handing out gifts to 300 students of the town’s public elementary schools.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga said this was the third annual Christmas carols of Catholic school children, an event where they sing, dance and perform musical skits for public elementary school pupils.

“The songs, dances, skits and prayers of our young students are dedicated to our Pope to thank him for visiting including our country among the places that he will visit,” the prelate said.

The performers came from nine Diocesan and seven religious schools under the Bataan Association of Catholic Schools.

Bishop Santos said this year’s Children Christmas Carols is dedicated to Pope Francis to let students know and love him deeply.

“And they will see and recognize him truly as a Holy Father, a Father who comes to us especially in our dire needs and very difficult situations. Pope Francis comes to us to provide us God’s mercy and compassion,” he added.

The event was held at the Mariveles Sports Center with 300 students who were pre-selected from public elementary schools as audiences. At the end of the program, the performing children gave their audiences gift items that included school supplies, personal dental kits and packed lunches.

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