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Francis tells Filipinos to evangelize, fight 'insidious attacks' against family


Addressing a record-setting millions of Filipinos under pouring rain in his last public appearance during his four-day trip to the country, Pope Francis called on them to be "outstanding missionaries of the faith" to Asia.

Speaking Sunday during a homily at an open-air Mass in Manila's Rizal Park, Francis also asked them to protect the family against what he called "insidious attacks."

CRS statement on staffer's death at papal Mass in Philippines


Catholic Relief Services has released the following statement regarding the death of one of their employees at the end of a papal Mass in Tacloban, Philippines Saturday:

Today Catholic Relief Services grieves the loss of our staff, 27-year-old Kristel Padasas of Manila. Kristel passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, when she was struck by scaffolding at the site of the papal mass in Tacloban shortly after Pope Francis departed.



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