Pope Francis continued his five-day tour of the Philippines Sunday with a visit to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila where he drew cheers from the crowd with his remarks about the importance of listening to women.
“Women have much to tell us in today’s society. Sometimes we’re too macho, and we don’t leave enough room for women,” he said.
Thousands turned out at the centuries-old university clad in rain ponchos to listen to Pope Francis’ words. Looking at the crowd, he commented on what he felt was too little representation of women.
“Women are able to see things with different eyes than us. Women are able to ask questions that men can’t understand. … When the next pope comes, please have more women and girls among your numbers.”
The pontiff also shared the sad news that a 27-year-old woman who was a church volunteer had died during his visit to Tacloban city the day before. Police said Kristel Padasas, a volunteer with the Catholic Relief Services, died when scaffolding fell on her. Witnesses said a sudden gust of wind toppled the structure, which served as platform for a large loudspeaker.