From the Office of the Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on the 80th Birthday of Pope Francis, 17 Dec. 2016

The Palace greets Pope Francis a happy 80th birthday.

For more than three years as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has successfully inspired people around the world with his humble example, concern for the poor, and strong attention on God’s mercy. 

The people of the Philippines, home of Asia’s largest Catholic population, remain grateful for the historic first visit of His Holiness to the country in 2015.   His touching homily in Tacloban has left an indelible memory in the hearts of thousands, especially survivors of typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

We wish Pope Francis good health and good humor as he continues to guide us to build a more humane world.

Maligayang kaarawan sa Santo Papa!