This Might Have Been The Most Powerful Moment On That Day.- A 12-year-old girl challenged Pope Francis, asking how God could allow children to become prostitutes, moved and prompted the Pope on Sunday to hug her and appeal for everyone to show more compassion.
Glyzelle Palomar, a one-time homeless child taken in by a church charity, made her emotional plea during Papal ceremonies at the University of Santo Tomas, ahead of a mass by the pope to millions of faithful.
“Many children are abandoned by their parents. Many children get involved in drugs and prostitution,” Palomar told the pope as she stood on stage alongside a 14-year-old boy who also used to be homeless.
“Why does God allow these things to happen to us? The children are not guilty of anything.”
Palomar suddenly broke down and wept profusely, prompting the 78-year old Pope Francis to take her into his arms and hug her for a few seconds.
Pope Francis later discarded most of his prepared speech that he was about to give in English, reverting back to his native Spanish to deliver an impromptu and heartfelt response.
“She is the only one who has put a question for which there is no answer and she wasn’t even able to express it in words but in tears,” the pope told a crowd that organizers said reached 30,000.
About 25 million Filipinos, or one quarter of the population, live on the equivalent of 60 cents a day or less, according to government data.
The highlight of the pope’s trip is set to be an open-air mass at Manila’s central park on Sunday afternoon, with up six million people expected to attend.
About 80 percent of the Philippines’ 100 million people are Catholics.