Video Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 500th Anniversary of the Evangelization of the Philippines
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Through this video message, I am pleased to join you in celebrating the five-hundredth anniversary of the first preaching of the Gospel in the Philippines.
I know that you have long prepared for this event and that you are celebrating it in a particular way these days, as you gather for the Second National Missionary Encounter.
I would like to share with you three mysteries of our faith, which are part of the deepest Christian roots of your people: Nazareth, the Cross and Pentecost.
Let us contemplate Nazareth. The tender love of the Holy Child, which is a symbol of the arrival of Christianity in your archipelago, reminds us of the hidden life of the Holy Family in Nazareth. Mary and Joseph raised the Child Jesus with love.