On the second day of his visit to the Philippines, Pope Paul today (Saturday) visited the University of Santo Thomas in Manila.
On the second day of his visit to the Philippines, Pope Paul today (Saturday) visited the University of Santo Thomas in Manila. A crowd of 100,000 people, mainly students, gave him a rapturous welcome.
The university, one of the oldest in Asia, was proclaimed a Pontifical university by Pope Leo the 13th in 1902.
The crowds, waving Filipino and Vatican flags, greeted the Pope with shouts of 'Mabuhay' - Filipino for 'Long Live' - and Viva.
Student leaders formally welcomed him and spoke of their aspirations and their determination to help fight poverty and injustice.
Following yesterday's attempted assassination attempt on the Pope at Manila airport, even more stringent security measures were in force today. Riot police and student army cadets tightly surrounded the Pope's car to escort him through the cheering crowds.
Some of the students who saw the Pope today were those involved in violent demonstrations over the past two years variously directed against alleged government corruption, United States imperialism and Church conservatism.