SURPRISE! Pope Francis visits a center for street children in Manila

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Pope Francis made an unannounced visit to the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation in Intramuros, Manila Friday afternoon (Credits: TNK's official Facebook page)

Instead of returning to his official residence at the Apostolic Nunciature after officiating a mass at the Manila Cathedral, Pope Francis decided to make a 30-minute visit to Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK) Foundation, an organization that helps street children.

The Pope was accompanied by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during this quick visit. The center is located in Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.

The children presented the Argentinian pontiff a brief thanksgiving dance upon his arrival. About 300 kids were at the center when the Pope came.

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Pope Francis made an unannounced visit to the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation in Intramuros, Manila Friday afternoon (Credits: TNK’s official Facebook page)

This visit is not included in Pope Francis’ publicized list of activities during his five-day stay in the Philippines. Additionally, members of the media were not allowed to cover the event. Vatican Radio was the first to report about this.

The photos used in the event were taken from the Twitter account of Rev. Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ and the official Facebook page of TNK.

Last September, the TNK Foundation launched a campaign where it gathered letters from one thousand street kids requesting Pope Francis to visit them.

Cardinal Tagle brought the letters to the Vatican City last October together. He also showed Pope Francis a video presentation featuring some of the street kids who wrote letters for the pontiff.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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