Message of Pope Francis during the welcoming ceremony at Malacañan Palace

Essential to the attainment of these national goals is the moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor. It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart.


[Filipino] Message of President Aquino during the general audience with Pope Francis in Malacañan Palace

Sa laban upang isulong ang transpormasyon sa lipunan, nakakataba po talaga ng pusong malaman na hindi tayo nag-iisa. Nang tahakin po natin ang landas na ito kasama ang mga taong gaya ninyo, pati na ang milyon-minyong pang indibidwal na inyo pong nabigyang inspirasyon, lalong lumalakas ang aming loob na gawin ang mga kailangan pang gawin: ang sama-samang mangarap, at sa gabay at pagpapala ng Panginoon, ay tuparin ang ating mga kolektibong hangarin.


Message of President Aquino during the general audience with Pope Francis in Malacañan Palace

In the fight to transform society, one cannot help but be heartened by the fact that we are not alone. When we tread this path with people such as yourself, along with the millions you have inspired, we gain the courage to do what needs doing, the optimism to dream about what we can achieve in unity with one another, and the opportunity to turn that dream into a shared reality, with the grace of Almighty God.