Pope kisses, blesses children in Popemobile tour of UST #BlessedByThePope http://t.co/Qpjz7eFiob pic.twitter.com/PyxMVif082
— GMA News (@gmanews) January 18, 2015
13 times Pope Francis kissed babies: Hard to say who’s cuter
“We need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished, and protected,” the Pope said during his public mass at Luneta last Sunday. “And we need to care for our young, not allowing them to be condemned to a life on the streets.”
Earlier that day at the youth encounter held in UST, 12-year-old Glyzelle Palomar asked the Pope this question: “Why does God allow so many children to suffer?”
A former street child, Glyzelle wanted to know why innocent children are abused. Then she broke down and cried. Another child, Jun Chura, recounted his experiences as a homeless child who lived in the streets.
The Pope responded by pulling both children into a hug. He abandoned his prepared speech and proceeded to address the young crowd spontaneously. “She is the only one who has put a question for which there is no answer and she wasn’t even able to express it in words but in tears,” the Pope said.
Indeed, Pope Francis’ words are a wake-up call: The world can be cruel, so we should treat our children well, to the best of our abilities. We must, according to the Pope, “[help them build] a society worthy of their great spiritual and cultural heritage.”
That said, what follows is a collection of images showing Pope Francis being true to his words: Here he is kissing and blessing Filipino children, aka the hope of our country. The adorable pope and equally adorable kids? Aww, these pictures are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
[Adm-02] #PopeFrancisPH adores children. He kissed and blessed the youth who welcomed him in Villamor Airbase. pic.twitter.com/IDRAn1P7hS
— Noynoy Aquino (@noynoyaquino) January 17, 2015
Pope Francis blesses children in Malacanang. #PopeFrancisPH#PopeTYSMpic.twitter.com/ZBmUv17YLw — ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) January 16, 2015
@Pontifex kisses a baby’s forehead during his visit in UST #PopeFrancisPH Photo by @rioleonelle of @abtheflamepic.twitter.com/uq4CLZol28
— Rose Barroga (@barrogarose) January 19, 2015
Pope Francis kisses a baby from the crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena I via @RTVMalacanang#PopeFrancisPH#PopeTYSMpic.twitter.com/lI2t5Ls5Zf
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) January 16, 2015
Aww. Pope blesses a baby on his way inside the Malacañan Palace. #PopeInPHhttp://t.co/fgnfk8rakWpic.twitter.com/oL6i2lK7tS
— Yahoo Philippines (@YahooPH) January 16, 2015