ECHOING Pope Francis’ call on Filipinos to “build a society worthy of great spiritual and cultural heritage,” Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday urged fellow workers in the government to work together “to help our countrymen who have endured hardship and suffering.”
“There is so much to be done and, in our humble contribution to nation-building, may the flow of mercy and compassion for the poor live in us all,” said Binay, one of the officials who bade goodbye to Francis at the Villamor Air Bas e in Pasay City (Metro Manila).
The Vice President also welcomed the Pope when he arrived on January 15 for a five-day state and apostolic visit to the Philippines.
“On behalf of our people, I express our sincerest gratitude for the blessings we received during the apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines,” Binay said in a statement.
He described as an expression of “deep joy and source of hope for a nation weary of calamities and politics” the Filipinos’ show of devotion to the pontiff.
“The enormous enthusiasm for His Holiness, as evidenced by the six million people who attended the outdoor Mass in Quirino Grandstand and the thousands of people who lined up every papal route despite the heavy rain, is an expression of deep joy and source of hope for a nation weary of calamities and politics,” Binay said.
The Mass was celebrated by Francis on January 18 at the grandstand located at Luneta (Rizal Park in Manila).
“We must all draw strength from the inspiring example of the Holy Father to reach out to everyone. As we learned from Pope Francis, we are all given a specific task and special responsibility by the Lord to make a difference. For those of us in the government, this means working double time and working together to help our countrymen who have endured hardship and suffering so that we can, in the words of the Pontiff, build a society worthy of great spiritual and cultural heritage,” the Vice President said.