The pope met with the first of the three groups of bishops from the Philippines May 20 during the “ad limina” that prelates are required to make to the Vatican.
Seated around the pope, David and other bishops were allowed to address the pontiff freely without the aid of a microphone.
When David had his turn, he told the pope that he had no question and just wanted to ask for his prayers.
“I was surprised when he interrupted me in the middle of my sentence and said, ‘I want you to know that I know your situation; I know what you are going through. I am praying for you,’” David recalled.
“My eyes blurred with tears when he said that. I had to clear my throat to be able to go on speaking,” he said.
The Kalookan diocese is composed of the southern part of Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas covering some of the poorest communities in Metro Manila.
The bishop earlier said the cities in his diocese have been “turned into killing fields” in the government’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs trade that claimed thousands of lives.
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