Pope Tells Filipinos, Future of Church 'In Asia'

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On the second day of Pope Francis' five-day state visit and apostolic journey to the Philippines, he was wowed by the Filipinos.

Seeing the warm reception at every event of the papal visit on Friday, Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle quoted the Pope as saying: "Wow. The Filipinos are energetic. They don't get tired."

To which, Tagle replied: "We are youthful."

The pope then said: "The future of the Church is in Asia. I saw it in Sri Lanka, and I saw it here."

Earlier Friday, Pope Francis paid President Benigno Aquino III a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace in Manila.

After their meeting, the 78-year-old pope gave his first statement to the Philippine public. He dared Filipino politicians to shun corruption and prioritize the poor.

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