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Pope Francis traveled to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, 2015.
Leading Filipino Catholics welcome pronouncements Pope Francis made on contraception, family and marriage when he met with thousands of families in Manila Jan. 16.
Francis reiterated at the Manila meeting the church's teaching on human life, marriage and family promulgated by Pope Paul VI in his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae.
At the same time, the pope "offered leeway" for particular cases where the ban on artificial contraception may not apply, noted Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan.
Pope Francis deeply touched the many Filipinos who came in droves to see the pope who loves children and poor people and embraces the sick and suffering.
Faith and Justice: The mystery of evil is beyond my comprehension. I have concluded that Jesus came not to explain suffering but to weep and suffer with us.
Pope Francis has sharply criticized how financially stable nations lend aid to developing countries and said Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children.