Pope Francis (C) flanked by two children, waves to the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St.Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus prayer, on January 31, 2016. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO
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The special envoy of Pope Francis told a gathering of hundreds of thousands in the Philippines Sunday that they had a special role to play in spreading the gospel, even to developed nations.Bo said Catholicism faced problems of empty churches and dying vocations in other nations, and the Philippines held a unique position as the world's third-largest Catholic nation with a largely young population.While the Philippines suffered from poverty, richer nations were facing "the destruction of the family", he warned the crowd, many of whom stood in the burning sun for two hours.Over 1,200 delegates from 75 nations attended the congress, a major Catholic gathering held every four years.
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