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Pope urges faithful to "bring Jesus into the world"

Pontiff's video message to Philippine evangelization conference

Pope urges faithful to "bring Jesus into the world"

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, leads the closing ceremonies of the conference (photo by Joe Torres)

Joe Torres, Manila

October 18, 2013

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Pope Francis has called on Catholics in Asia to bring Jesus into all aspects of modern life, and reminded them not to forget the poor and disenfranchised.

“Bring Jesus now into the world of politics, business, arts, science, technology, and social media,” he said in a video message on Friday, at the end of the first Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Held at at the 400-year old University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the conference hosted around 6,000 delegates.

“Don’t get tired of bringing the mercy of the Father to the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the young people and the family.” 

Speaking in English, Pope Francis said he hoped conference attendees “would experience the presence of Jesus” in their 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 the great continent of Asia that is close to my heart."

He thanked the organizers of the conference, saying "the Holy Spirit has actively called you. I am happy to learn that you came to Manila from different parts of the Philippines and Asia.” 

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