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2021.05.14 Pope Francis signs picture of Audience with Collegio Filippino

The Holy Father Pope Francis signed a picture of the Private Audience he granted to the Pontificio Collegio Filippino last March. His Eminence, Luis Antonio G. Card. Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and former Archbishop of Manila, brought the picture to the Vatican during his regular meeting with the Holy Father.

Pope Francis with His Eminence Luis Antonio Card. Tagle.

The picture measures 50 x 76 cm (20 x 30 inches), and will be placed next to similar pictures of the Collegio’s past audiences with Pope John Paul II for the Collegio’s 40th anniversary in 2001 and Pope Benedict XVI for the Collegio’s 50th anniversary in 2011.

Framed picture of Collegio Filippino’s Audience with Pope Francis last March 22, 2021. To his right is Cardinal Tagle. The signature “Franciscus” is at the lower right.
Close up of the signature “Franciscus” at the picture‘s lower right.

In his letter of request in Spanish, Fr. Gregory Ramon D. GASTON, Rector of Collegio Filippino, wrote:

14 de mayo de 2021

Santo Padre:

¡Buenos días! De nuevo le agradezcemos por la Audience que nos concedió el pasado 22 de marzo, con ocasión de los 60 años de nuestro Pontificio Colegio y los 500 años del cristianismo en Filipinas.

Para que quede mejor grabada en la memoria del Colegio tal bendición, nos gustaría pedirle por favor firmar la foto adjunta.

Le aseguro de nuestras oraciones diarias, como nos pide siempre. Muchísimas gracias, ¡Lolo Kiko!

d. Gregory Ramón D. GASTÓN


May 14, 2021

Holy Father:

Good morning! We thank you once again for the Audience that you granted us last March 22, on the occasion of the 60th year of our Pontifical College and 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

So that such blessing could be better inscribed into the Collegio’s memory, we wish to request you to kindly sign the enclosed picture.

I assure you of our daily prayers, as you always ask of us. Thank you very much, Lolo Kiko!

Fr. Gregory Ramon D. GASTON