Philippine President Aquino asks his nation to “show the light and hope of Christ” — Says recent tragedies “gave us inspiration and hope”

Peace and Freedom

President cites Filipinos’ inspiring resiliency

ByMichael Lim Ubac

Philippine Daily Inquirer

On the eve of Christmas, President Benigno Aquino III exhorted the nation to “show the light and hope of Christ” in the wake of back-to-back calamities that, he said, tested the limits of millions of Filipinos this year.

In his traditional Christmas message, the President said this year’s Christmas should be a “reminder of how God so loved the world.”

Saying Christmas reminded everyone of what Christianity is all about, Mr. Aquino said that God showed love when He offered “His only begotten Son for the salvation of everyone.”

“This Christmas, let us keep alive the flame of Christ’s love. Let us serve as a source of hope for our fellow Filipinos,” he said.

President Benigno Aquino III

The President, who visited disaster-stricken areas in Visayas and Mindanao on Sunday, also pointed to the resilience that Filipinos all…

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