Pope Francis on Friday urged modern-day Filipinos and Catholics to let Jesus Christ be known in the world of science, technology and social media.
The Pope made the call in a video message to a conference on evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where he greeted the participants in Filipino.
"Let Jesus be known in the world of politics, business, arts, science, technology and social media. Let the Holy Spirit renew creation and bring forth justice and peace in the Philippines and in the great continent of Asia that is close to my heart," he said in his message, posted on the site of Vatican Radio.
"Mabúhay ang Pilipínas! Mabúhay ang Asia! Pagpaláin kayó ng Dios!," he added.
Vatican Radio said it was the first public address of the Pope in English since the start of his pontificate.
Pope Francis has an official Twitter account @pontifex in his evangelization.
The three-day Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization, organized by the Manila Archdiocese, aimed to create an experience of God in the context of the new millennium, strengthen bonds of communion in the Philippine church, and inspire the faithful to live by the spirit of mission, Vatican Radio said.
It added some 5,000 delegates from Southeast Asia took part in the meeting, which ended Friday.
Pope Francis, in his message, said the first Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization is a worthy offering to the Year of Faith.
He thanked bishops, priests, religious men and women, seminarians and the lay faithful who organized and took part in the conference.
"Through this conference, I hope you would experience again the loving presence of Jesus in your lives, that you would love the Church more and that you would share the Gospel to all people with humility and joy. Do not get tired of bringing the mercy of the Father to the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the young people and families," he said.
He also asked them to pray for him, adding he will pray for them especially to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who he described as the "Star of the New Evangelization." — TJD, GMA News