‘Show us how to be good’ – former street kids to Pope

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MANILA, Nov. 20, 2014 — After sending 1,000 letters to the Holy Father requesting an audience with him when he comes to visit Manila next year, former street kids say they want to meet him so he can teach them “how to be good.”

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“I will ask Pope Francis to teach me the good things of God to be a good person, because he is the Pope!” said Thalia, an 18-year old who has been with Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK) Foundation, a charity that helps kids transition from a life on the streets to a home.

According to Thalia, she will also ask Pope Francis to help “all TNK children go to heaven.”

 Thalia, Anjorel and Gardee are all under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan, a foundation for street children, chaired by Archbishop Socrates Villegas. (Photo: Alexandra Chapeleau)

Thalia, Anjorel and Gardee are all under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan, a foundation for street children, chaired by Archbishop Socrates Villegas. (Photo: Alexandra Chapeleau)

“I may also tell him I hope we can all be holy like him!” she added.

Thalia, who has been with TNK since she was 8-years old, said in her letter to Pope Francis, “I hope you an visit us. Us, the orphans ones who don’t have parents”.

Fifteen-year old Gardee, who left TNK, but returned after a year, expressed a more practical concern if ever the children of TNK do get to meet the Holy Father.

“I will thank him for visiting us here at TNK. I will ask him to not forget us, because I know he meets so many people and I’m wondering how he can keep them all in mind,” he said, saying that he will also ask Pope Francis to pray for his family and siblings.

Anjorel, 12-years old, who has been in TNK since July 2014, said he will tell the Holy Father how happy he is for his visit.

“I also hope [to be able to] pray and have Holy Mass with him here at TNK,” he added. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)

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