Dec 172014

With Pope Francis having earned a reputation as a healing pope, many Filipino families hope to experience his healing touch when he visits the Philippines in January.

Several Filipinos experiencing various hardships also hope to be spiritually healed by the Pope, GMA News’ Jessica Soho reported on “24 Oras” on Wednesday.

“Natawagan siyang healing pope, healing of relationships. Sinabi niya, the Church is like a field hospital where the wounds of humanity are treated,” said Fr. Francis Lucas, executive director of the Catholic Media Network.

Pope Francis has time and again showed solidarity with the sick, going out of his way several times to bless them.

In one instance, he had his vehicle stop in Calabria in Italy, just so he could get off and approach a sick woman.

The Pope also issued a message for victims of the Ebola virus disease, saying his thoughts “go out to those countries in Africa that are suffering.”

“I ask you to pray for them and for those who have so tragically lost their lives,” he said at the time.

He also brought hope and strength to those suffering from various conditions.

One of the Filipino families hoping to experience the Pope’s healing touch is the Galanto family, whose one-year-old child Joseph is suffering from hydrocephalus – a medical condition where there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.

“Naniniwala po ako sa himala na baka sakali kung makita ko siya at mag-pray ako, bigyan siya ng ano ni Lord na tulungan ako,” said grandmother Josephine Galanto. Joel Locsin/NB, GMA News

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