Pontiff a source of hope – Binay

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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.

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  1. Bayani Bautista on

    Go VP Binay! Though at times it may seem like there’s no hope. I am one of your supporters and will always be.

  2. Fort Bonifacio on

    Prayers will no longer saved the Filipinos from corrupt officials, action will. It’s about time each Filipinos fight and end the corruptions in the Philippines….”Through you, By you and From You”!!….Alahuu! Akbarr!!

  3. 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.
    Look who’s talking, a liar and a thief. Return first what you stole from the people VP Binay, before you preach.

    • Bayani Bautista on

      Binay worked hard to rise to position all for the good of our country men. He had money in the beginning so don’t say he stole from the people. They are only allegations and have not been proven to be true.

  4. Yes I hope and pray that the 6-8 million people who attended the activities vote for the right president in 2016. They should instill in their minds the corruption of the binays that they amassed too much wealth from the taxpayers money. Let us all pray to save the Philippines from the binays. Pope Francis, please pray for us to save the philippn a from this family of corruption.