Sunday, January 18, 2015


Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church visits the Philippines on January 14 to 18, 2015.

The Roman Catholic Church members are excited to welcome the Pope. But not all non-RC are as welcoming. Some did not welcome the Pope's economic impact as private businesses closed including banks, schools and airports. Other non-Christians did not welcome the festivities and dismissed it as religious fanaticism. Some other non-RC did not welcome the Pope who reminded them of the colonization and abuses of Roman Catholics in the past.   Some non-RC Christians still did not welcome the Pope's arrival simply because they hold beliefs different from them.

That night, everybody in the family is in the living room watching the news about the arrival of the Pope. My 5 year-old son noted how everybody is watching the TV intensely.

"What's happening?," he asked.

His sister replied, "the Philippines have a visitor. He is the Pope."

"We should get ready then and welcome him also," my son replied.

"We are not Roman Catholics. Do you know what is a Pope?" her sister answered back.

"I don't know what is a Pope. But if he is a visitor, we should welcome him," my son replied.

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9.

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