Lawmaker wants Pope Francis to bless Senate, lower House

Posted at 06/26/2014 1:32 PM | Updated as of 06/26/2014 1:32 PM
Pope Francis waves during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Reuters

MANILA - Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles invited Pope Francis to come over at the House of Representatives and Senate and give moral and spiritual guidance.

He said the Catholic Church’s most powerful leader would inspire the lawmakers to work better.

"It would be such a blessing if Pope Francis could address both Houses of Congress. With our country being a predominantly Catholic nation - and the Pope being the leader of the Catholic Church - the words of Pope Francis addressing our legislators and policy makers would inspire us even more to work harder towards achieving social justice, a preferential option for the poor and to become better persons and a better society,” Nograles said in a statement.

He hopes the pope can make time for the lawmakers.

"These are common aspirations not just for Catholics but for all people, regardless of religion. I hope it is not too late to invite Pope Francis to Congress and I hope he can squeeze even just an hour from his very busy schedule," he said.

Pope Francis is reportedly coming to Manila on January 15, 2015 after a two-day trip to Sri Lanka.

He is set to visit the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

Nograles said that Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines “would be a great blessing to all Filipinos and would inspire Filipinos to unite and work harder to free the people from material and spiritual poverty.”

“I think that Pope Francis’ visit comes at a time when we certainly need spiritual renewal. Many of us are too busy with so many things that we tend to forget to thank and glorify our Creator for the gift of life that He has given us,” he added.