Jan 202015

Keeping the items used by a pope has been a tradition among Filipinos and so it will be for those touched by Pope Francis during his five-day pastoral visit in the Philippines. 

According to Bro. Carmel Cortez, who was assigned to arrange and organize the items the Pope used in his Masses in Manila, said they will be put in display at the Diocese of Malolos in Bulacan. 

Meanwhile, the tableware and utensils Pope Francis used in Leyte during his lunch with the Yolanda and Bohol quake survivors are now kept at the Archbishop Residence of Palo. 

“Mahalaga ho ang mga ito kaya kailangan na ilagay ang mga ito sa lugar kung saan napre-preserve ang kahalagahan ng mga bagay na ito at ma-access ng ating mga kababayan,” Archdiocese of Palo spokesman Fr. Arthur Chris Militante said in a report on 24 Oras that aired on Tuesday. 

What about the Pope?

It looks like the pope also wants to treasure a few things he used in the Philippines. The Pinoy-made vestments he used during his Masses in Manila Cathedral and Luneta are now in the Vatican. 

These bear Filipino accents like sampaguita, anahaw, and the Sto. Niño de Cebu. 

Ronald Allan Babaran, one of the designers of the Pope’s vestments, couldn’t believe that their creations were brought to the Holy See. 

“Hindi kami makapaniwala na ‘yung mga ginawa namin ay gagamitin niya pala… Sobrang blessing kasi Santo Papa ‘yan eh,” he shared. Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News

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