Lolo Kiko In The Flesh

2 A.M. An ungodly time when most young people are just about to go home and sleep, or for some, the party has just started. But for the 33 SAAP Youths, 2 A.M. of January 18, 2015 is the start of our “date” with

Pope Francis, or Lolo Kiko, as what he wants the Pinoys to call him. Our first ever, most awaited Papal Youth Encounter.

 

Lack of sleep and road blocks did not deter our excitement to meet the Pope. Add to that, more than 3 hours of waiting and undisciplined crowds pushing just to get inside the UST Grandstand. Finally, around 6 am,

we got inside. But the wait is not yet over. Prior to the pre-program performances, we were asked to practice the songs to be sung for the program when Pope Francis arrives and the Angelus in Latin, as the Pope will lead the

young crowd in praying this by the end of the encounter.

 

The pre-program performances consist of song numbers from Ms. Angeline Quinto and Mr. Jed Madela. Several organizations from UST also presented the youth delegates with dance interpretations in tune with the

theme “Mercy and Compassion.” We also prayed the rosary in 5 different dialects.

 

Finally, by 9:45 A.M., the Pope has arrived. Several youths took out their cellphones and cameras to take a souvenir photo of the People’s Pope. Everyone was cheering “Bienvenido, Papa Francisco!” and “We love you,

Pope Francis!”

 

The liturgy started, readings were proclaimed, testimonies were given by different youths and the Prayers of the Faithful were prayed in Ilocano, Kapampngan, Tagalog, Bicolano, Cebuano, Binisaya and Hiligaynon.

Several songs were sung including the Papal theme song “We Are All God’s Children”, but the most exciting and hair-raising part was when we sung “Tell The World Of His Love”, as everybody held hands, and even Pope

Francis held hands with the children singing on stage. From the moment the Pope stood on stage until the end of the encounter, it was raining. But it did not stop us from listening, opening our hearts and minds to the Pope’s

message. Indeed, we braved the crowd and the rains. And yet, we are truly blessed.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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