My Pope Philippines
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My Pope Philippines is an adapted English version of Italian magazine, Il Mio Papa, dedicated entirely to Pope Francis. Every month, My Pope describes the life of the Holy Father, an emotional ride of meetings, words, and simple gestures of his daily life that highlight the important message of change that permeates his pontificate. At least 65% of the content is international and 35% is created by the local editorial team in the Philippines to feature stories highlighting the encouraging developments in the lives of Filipinos, whose values and actions reflect those that the Pope stands for, with sections on good news, inspiring stories, traditions, arts and crafts and everyday heroes.
Did Pope Francis always want to become a priest? This might come as a surprise to you, but the answer is no! In fact, he had a totally different dream as a little boy, as well as many different jobs as a young man, and none of them were even remotely related to being our beloved Santo Papa. Indeed, Lolo Kiko’s journey is truly fascinating, and he has served as the perfect inspiration for our Life Purpose issue. We explore everything from what he does with his salary (page 32), to what a pope’s job entails (page 8), and even the five life-shaping choices that unknowingly led him to the papacy (page 30). So if you’ve ever felt lost or confused, take heart; everyone’s path has its twists and turns, and all will be well if we work with faith and hope in our hearts. We’ve also got tons of uplifting advice for those who have hit some roadblocks. We show you how to ask for—and interpret—the all- important messages of guidance from above (page 42). And we even give you valuable and practical tips on how you can make your money personality work for you (page 9), as well as how to deal with sticky financial situations (page 58). But we also have to remember that it’s not just our problems or our triumphs that define us. And oftentimes, simply embracing the ins and outs of our everyday lives and offering up what we do to God is enough to make each day remarkable, just as our True Believer, St. Josemaría Escrivá, inspires us to do on page 52. And we’re pretty sure that Gianni Crea, the key keeper at the Vatican Museums would agree with him. Turn to page 36 to find out why! May this issue become your faithful companion as you chart your course forward.