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    Many Catholics who have left the Church are returning to its fold, drawn by the charisma of Pope Francis.

    Fr. Manuel Francisco, who like Francis is a Jesuit, said an overwhelming number of people who joined other sects have recently found sufficient reason to re-embrace the Church because of the pontiff’s leadership by example.

    “Even in the Philippines many have turned their backs on the Church and entered other denominations. The general, prevailing attitude then was disappointment with the Catholic Church . . . But Pope Francis has changed all that,” Francisco was quoted in an article posted in a papal visit website.

    He said Francis’ way of making the Catholic faith “cool” has help regained the confidence of many Catholics.

    “By this example, he has made living and witnessing the Catholic faith attractive,” the priest said.

    He noted that Francis has won the admiration of both Catholics and non-Catholics with his openness to the secular world and non-Catholic religions in a way that promotes dialogue.

    Pope Francis will visit the Philippines on January 15 to 19 to particularly console the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

    Preparations for the visit are under way, and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the details will be revealed either in late November or early December.

    Local Church officials believe the apostolic visit will renew the spiritual well-being of Asia’s largest Christian nation, over 80 percent of which identify as Roman Catholics.

    Francis will be the third pope to visit the Philippines. Paul VI was here in 1970, and Pope St. John Paul II in 1981 and 1995.

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    1. The Pope has nothing to do with persons leaving the Catholic Church. Many of those who left have their own reasons. Many of them leave because they are disgruntled with Catholic Church teachings, many feels that the Catholic Church is too strict and orthodox that it is very difficult for them to follow very strict Roman Catholic rules, many of them are due to peer pressures, many of them believe it is cool to leave the Church and many are attracted to very nice words and speeches of other denominations. Just look at many of Philippine actors, they leave the church because their peers leave to attend cool speeches from protestant denominations. The Pope may be cool too but he cannot change the teachings of Christ because he wants to be popular. Besides, the Pope cannot make doctrinal decisions by his lonesome. There are Cardinals who also matters.

    2. Our Catholic faith does not depend on how charismatic or holy our priests are, how entertaining are our services or how many go to our church. It is our personal relationship with our God within the Catholic Church’s fold. We should pray then for our brothers and sisters that any disappointments they have should not make them leave the fold, instead, make them more proactive to effect change.

      • “Our Catholic faith does not depend on how charismatic or holy our priests are, how entertaining are our services or how many go to our church. It is our personal relationship with our God within the Catholic Church’s folds.”
        Agree.on this because it is not just about the Church. It is first of all about God. Check the greatest commandment, it is about God first, the neighbour (Church) second.

    3. A serious Catholic will not be flip flapping in his/her belief, rain or shine, suffering, tragedy, and other disasters.The Priest pedophile issues should never be the followers problem, it is between them and God. The catholic Church is not any man’s church, but Jesus’ Church. We need all to pray to find the best candidate for President in 2016, that the people can trust and emulate, who is benevolently scrupulous, honest, fearless and fair with one track mind to revamp the system to rebuild a country marred by corruption and other criminalities, that at the end, we see a reborn country that we all can be proud of.