THE University of Sto. Tomas (UST) launched on Wednesday a 160-page coffee table book, a papal memorabilia containing snippets and photographs showing the Filipinos encounter with Pope Francis when he visited the 404-year-old university in January.
Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., UST Rector, said the book, entitled “Pope Francis @ UST, Bringing Christ to the Youth” is more than just a collector’s prize but a genuine testimony of the Filipinos’ faith and unwavering commitment to remembering a historic moment.
It captures, he said, in full color the Pope’s encounter with the youth and the Thomasian community from the moment he entered the university gates aboard the Pope mobile until the time of his departure.
“Filipinos will always remember his visit because of the Father’s simple and heartfelt profound message to the Filipino people that have inspired us in more ways than one. His visit even more became special to us because the University of Sto. Tomas figured prominently again in a papal apostolic sojourn,” Dagohoy said.
“He (Pope) said we come to the university not just to accumulate information without knowing what to do with it but through love will let that information bear fruit. Studying or learning does not only make us knowledgeable and employable, it makes us fertile and able to bear fruits, fruits that we share with others,” Dagohoy said.
Prof. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, the book’s consultant for editorial content, said she felt a sense of privilege and humility being part of a team that made the book a reality.
“It is our humble offering to the Holy Father and to the university which welcome him on that special day,” she added.
According to Hidalgo, the book reveals a detailed account of every memory during the event.
“Where words failed, we take pictures or take photographs. We have allowed pictures to tell the story,” she said.
Pope Francis was the fourth Pope to visit the university after Pope Paul VI in 1970, Pope John Paul II in 1981 and 1995.