Boy to give Pope ‘sampaguita’ wants to become priest

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Selected children, who were chosen to give flowers to Pope Francis, are being interviewed by CBCP News at the Villamor Airbase hanger, the holding area for both the media and the students who will be present during the welcome ceremony for Pope Francis. (Photo: Natalie Hazel Quimlat)

Selected children, who were chosen to give flowers to Pope Francis, are being interviewed by CBCP News at the Villamor Airbase hanger, the holding area for both the media and the students who will be present during the welcome ceremony for Pope Francis. (Photo: Natalie Hazel Quimlat)

PASAY City, Jan. 15, 2015—One of the two kids chosen to do the honor of welcoming the Holy Father with sampaguita garlands, the national flower of the Philippines, dreams of becoming a priest, adding he would like to ask the Vicar of Christ himself to “pray for the Philippines” upon meeting him later today.

Like Pope Francis, ten-year old Mark Angelo Balberes from Tulay sa Don Bosco in Alabang, wants to help his fellow men.

“Gusto ko pong maging pari para po makatulong sa kapwa tao (I want to become a priest so I can help my fellowmen,” he told CBCP News in an interview.

An abandoned child, Balberes wishes his mother would come soon, so he could tell her of his once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the Pope. (Raymond A. Sebastian/CBCP News)

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2 Responses to Boy to give Pope ‘sampaguita’ wants to become priest

  1. I pray that Mark Angelo Balberes’ wish to see his mother who abandoned
    him will be realized. Pope Francis’ State visit has sparked the
    vocation to the Priesthood within Angelo ‘s heart. God the Almighty
    is filled with joy since an innocent kid has voiced his intention
    to become one of his Shepherd. Praise to the Holy Triune God
    for sending us Pope Francis who has ignited a Vocation to the Priesthood
    in Mark Angelo Balberes.

    Maria Alma C. de Jesus
    January 16, 2015 at 8:30 am
    Reply

  2. Correction: It’s Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation or TulOy Foundation

    Fran
    January 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm
    Reply

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