November 30, 2010.
Benedict XVI met with the Episcopal Conference of Catholic Bishops of
the Philippines. During the meeting, the Pope emphasized the close
relations the Vatican and the Philippines have always maintained.
The pope asked the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines to try and develop initiatives in favor of human life to increase respect from conception to natural death and in defense of the integrity of marriage and family.
Benedict XVI told the Philippine bishops that “thanks to the clear presentation of the Gospel, it has promoted an increasingly just social order in the country, because politics and the Church, each in its own field, serve the comprehensive development of human beings and society as a whole.”
The Philippines is a country with an area of 300,000 square kilometers, with a population of 93 million people, of which 89% are Christians.