Pope Francis - First Public Address in English In The Philippines

Pope Francis speaks English publicly for the first time in his role as leader of the world’s Catholics in a message released Friday to participants at an evangelization conference in the Philippines. The Philippines is the largest predominantly Catholic country in Asia.Pope Francis is fluent in Spanish and Italian. He also speaks some Latin, French and Portuguese.

See below for the full text of the Pope's message 
and click here for Rocco Palmo's accompanying post at Whispers in The Loggia.

" My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,

I greet all of you with the peace and joy of Our Lord. The first Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization is a worthy offering to the Year of Faith. For this I thank all of you, my brother Bishops, the priests, religious men and women, seminarians and the lay faithful who organized and are participating in the conference.
I am happy to learn that you came to Manila from different parts of the Philippines and Asia. The Holy Spirit is actively at work in you. The Church of Christ is alive!

Through this conference, I hope you would experience again the loving presence of Jesus in your lives, that you would love the Church more and that you would share the Gospel to all people with humility and joy.
Don’t get tired of bringing the mercy of the Father to the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the young people and families. Let Jesus be known in the world of politics, business, arts, science, technology and social media.
Let the Holy Spirit renew the creation and bring forth justice and peace in the Philippines and in the great continent of Asia that is close to my heart.

Please pray for me, I need it. I promise to pray for you, especially to Our Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization.

Mabúhay ang Pilipínas! Mabúhay ang Asia! Pagpaláin kayó ng Dios! [Tagalog: Long live the Philippines! Long live Asia! God bless you!]

God bless you in the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit.
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