Pope breaks protocol to meet with street kids PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 January 2015 11:37

Believe it or not, it only took a group of former street children to make Pope Francis break his tight security protocol on the second day of his five-day apostolic visit.

The pontiff suddenly disappeared right after the Manila Cathedral Eucharistic Mass on Friday (Jan. 16), prompting people to wonder – and even worry – where he went, and why.

It turns out His Holiness decided to break protocol by meeting with former street children, which was not included in his official itinerary.

According to a news post from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the children actually campaigned to see the pope in person during his visit – sending around 1,000 letters to the Holy Father last year requesting a chance to meet him and teach them “how to be good.”

On Friday afternoon, the children got their wish.

The children were beaming with joy from hugging, talking, and just being in the presence of the pope. In turn, a huge smile was also present on the Holy Father’s face.

The meeting was closed to the media and photos only surfaced later on, as released by theologian Antonio Spadaro SJ and Anak-TNK Foundation, a nongovernment organization dedicated to serve and care for street children in Manila. —9News Online