Bishop hopes Pope’s visit will spark change

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A HAPPY POPE  Pope Francis braved heavy rains to travel from the Tacloban City airport to the Cathedral in Palo, Leyte where he blessed those who waited for hours in line to get a glimpse. A portion of the cathedral’s back also serves as a mass grave for at least 200 persons who died during the onslaughts of super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. The Pope cut short his trip as storm Amang intensified as it heads toward Visayas Saturday noon. AFP PHOTO

A HAPPY POPE
Pope Francis braved heavy rains to travel from the Tacloban City airport to the Cathedral in Palo, Leyte where he blessed those who waited for hours in line to get a glimpse. A portion of the cathedral’s back also serves as a mass grave for at least 200 persons who died during the onslaughts of super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. The Pope cut short his trip as storm Amang intensified as it heads toward Visayas Saturday noon. AFP PHOTO

BAGUIO CITY: Benguet Bishop Carlito Cenzon said the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines should spark change in the country and its people.

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“The Church and the people as a whole are never ready for change, but we need it, we need prophets and movers to do this and this Pope is charismatic enough to start it,” he told The Manila Times.

Bishop Cenzon said the Pope’s personal touch, attributes, popularity and charisma are something that distinguishes the pontiff from his forerunners. Pope Francis is also known for his love for the poor, reformist stance and humility.

He said these should be enough to create change in everyone as Pope Francis meets with the youth today and celebrates mass at Luneta in Manila.

Pope Francis is the third pontiff to visit the Philippines, whose Catholic devotees are almost 70 million.

Cenzon said Pope Francis has put into the limelight advocacies and changes, which should have been long discussed by the Vatican. He added that only the Pope can talk to cardinals and push for changes.

“The Pope wants dialog and pushes for talks with everyone, only he can do that, and that is his mission,” the Bishop shared.

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  1. I hope and pray that it will “spark and forever light up” all crooked citizens specially politicians and in government positions to change for the best of the nation and her people specially those in need.