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Pope Francis embraces girl after she asks: ‘Why does God allow children to become prostitutes?’

Pope Francis was moved to embrace a tearful abandoned girl at a university in Manila, Philippines afterpope-hugs-girl she asked why God allows children to become prostitutes.

Glyzelle Palomar wept as she asked the Pope: “Many children get involved in drugs and prostitution. Why does God allow these things to happen to us? The children are not guilty of anything.”

The pontiff, cementing his reputation as a champion of the poor and oppressed, took the 12-year-old in his arms to comfort her.

He was so touched by the girl’s appeal that he abandoned his pre-prepared speech in English and instead responded to the child in Spanish, his native language.

Visibly moved, the Pope said: “She is the only one who has put forward a question for which there is no answer and she was not even able to express it in words but rather in tears.”

Calling on people to show compassion for the marginalised, he continued: “I invite each one of you to ask yourselves, ‘Have I learned how to weep, how to cry when I see a hungry child, a child on the street who uses drugs, a homeless child, an abandoned child, an abused child, a child that society uses as a slave’?”

The girl had been abandoned before being sheltered by a church-run community and was once homeless. She had been welcoming the Pope to the university, but broke down as she asked her emotional question.

The religious leader was speaking at an event at a Catholic university in the Philippines’ capital, where 30,000 people had crowded to see Francis. (The Independent)

6 Responses to Pope Francis embraces girl after she asks: ‘Why does God allow children to become prostitutes?’

  1. Goody Smarts
    Goody Smarts January 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Well at least at her age she doesn’t understand that god does not exist or that religion was man made so that men with huge egos can control woman, children and the less fortunate in the world. Religion is nothing more than a oppressive tactic use to dominate the world. When will people come together and learn the truth about their previous religions.

  2. Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus
    Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus January 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Good & Patricia, LOVE your comments!!

    “The pontiff, cementing his reputation as a champion of the poor and oppressed…”. Is he now? I wonder what his holiness would have to say about the starving, homeless children who have been thrown in jail alongside criminals to clear the streets of Manila for his visit. Does his holiness and the millions who worship him have anything to say about that? Of course not.

  3. Tony Waterman January 18, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    @Goody Smarts!!! There is an Old saying that still exists Today, which might be good for YOU to consider


  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 18, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    God does not allow children to become prostitutes. It is the perverted Adults that put the suffering on the children.

  5. Louise King
    Louise King January 18, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    ask why catholic priests are homosexuals—de hypocrites are de reason for prostitution

  6. Liz January 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    @Goody Smarts. Wow, in all that you wrote, nowhere did I see anything resembling compassion or empathy for this child who should never have to think about these things at such a young age. Likely it is also Godless people who have placed her in this position in the first place. Very sad.


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