The Holy Father Pope Francis sent a video message for the Filipinos in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Christian faith in the country. The video was released on April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday.
“Give thanks for the gift of faith. Thank God for the people who have given you faith and for the people to whom you will transmit the faith, renewing the desire to evangelize, to reach others and bring them the hope and joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.
In his video message, Pope Francis said the Christian faith of the Filipinos is rooted in three things: Nazareth, the Cross and Pentecost.
The Holy Father also recalled his visit to the Philippines in January 2015. The Filipinos, Pope Francis recalled, know how to celebrate the gift of faith they received even amid difficulties.
“Dear friends, I remember my visit to your country with a lot of affection. I don’t forget that final meeting with almost 7million people. You are generous. You are bountiful. You know how to celebrate the feast of faith. Don’t lose that even in the midst of difficulties,” the Pope said.
Pope Francis also said the Sto. Nino is the “symbol of the arrival of Christianity” in the country making them recognize the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
“Likewise, you, opening the doors of your family to the Santo Niño, will be able to transmit to your children the faith which you have received from your parents. Thank you for the profound sense of family, of community, of fraternity, which keeps you united, which keeps you form in faith, joyful in hope, prompt in charity,” he said.
The Supreme Pontiff also extends his support to the Filipinos who continuously live their lives even in times of hardships. However, he asked them to pray for him as he continues his mission in propagating the Christian faith.
“Keep going! The Pope accompanies you. May Jesus bless you, bless all Filipino people and may the Holy Virgin take care of you. May the Santo Niño be always with you. And please, do not forget to pray for me,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis presided over the Easter Sunday Mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica at the Altar of the Chair, after which he delivered his Urbi et Orbi message. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)