MANILA, Oct. 18, 2013— Pope Francis called on Filipinos and other Asians to continue spreading the Gospel and not to get tired of helping people especially the poor.
In a video message for the first Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE), he said that as Catholics, “the Holy spirit has actively called you.”
“Don’t get tired of bringing the mercy of the Father to the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the young people and the family,” Francis said.
“Bring Jesus now into the world of politics, business, arts, science, technology and social media,” he said.
The pontiff’s video message was shown during PCNE closing Mass of the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavillion in Manila on Friday.
The pope also assured Filipinos that he is praying for them but at the same time asked to also pray for him.
“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,” he said.
The pope also lauded the PCNE for the initiative to promote new evangelization, a gathering attended not only by Filipinos but other participants from different parts of Asia.
“The Church of Christ is alive. Through this conference, I hope you experience the presence of Jesus in your lives, that you would love the Church more and that you would share the Gospel to other people with humility and joy,” he said.
“Let the Holy Spirit renew the creation and bring forth justice and peace in the Philippines and in great continent of Asia that is close to my heart,” the pope added.
Pope Francis ended his message by imparting his blessing to the participants in Tagalog. “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Asia! Pagpalain kayo ng Diyos!” (CBCPNews)