Pope Francis comforts Glyzelle Palomar, after sharing her experience as a former street child, during the youth encounter at the University of Santo Tomas Sunday. Thousands of Catholic faithful, mostly young people attended the celebration at UST.  (MNS photo)

Pope Francis comforts Glyzelle Palomar, after sharing her experience as a former street child, during the youth encounter at the University of Santo Tomas Sunday. Thousands of Catholic faithful, mostly young people attended the celebration at UST. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Pope Francis on Monday thanked all those involved in his recently concluded five-day visit to the Philippines.

The Pope relayed his thanks through Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto, who spoke at a media conference after a chartered plane bringing the Pope to Rome took off.

“Thank you, in the name of Pope Francis,” Pinto said.

For his part, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the clergy and laity “will implement the message of the Pope.”

In Malacañang, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda thanked Filipinos for their “solidarity” in ensuring the safety of the Pope.

“From the thousands who patiently lined the route of the papal motorcade; to the organizations that encouraged mindfulness and helped maintain order during the public engagements of the Pope; and to the millions who participated in the papal activities. We recognize the dedication of the different church groups that worked hand-in-hand with government. Their cooperation, as they kept in mind advisories for all the events, contributed to fostering an organized and peaceful papal visit,” he said.

Lacierda also thanked media for playing a vital role in the dissemination of relevant information and for promoting government-issued advisories.

He also thanked telecommunications companies for their cooperation in “ensuring security for all and advising the public accordingly.”

Also, he thanked members of lead government agencies for carrying out their tasks during this historic visit: “from the thousands of police on the ground, the Presidential Security Group and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and to the many law-enforcement and government personnel that provided necessary support throughout the Pope’s visit.”

“Without doubt, on this occasion, the Filipino people once more showed what could be achieved when we work towards a unified endeavor,” he said. (MNS)