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Pope’s visit dramatised in popular musical

MANILA (Agencies) : Mercy and compassion are the bottom line messages underlying a new musical produced by Rose Cabrera as a reflection on the visit of Pope Francis to The Philippines in January this year.

From the Vatican to Tacloban—With Love, Pope Francis is a production for the masses. Cabrera hopes to attract young people, as well as Typhoon Yolanda survivors to come and enjoy it, CBCP News reported.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed. We are hoping to bring this message of Pope Francis to as many young people as possible,” Cabrera explained.

The production team wants to keep the enthusiasm generated during the papal visit alive for as long as possible.

“The pope has that deep compassion and love for the poor and his visit really made a lot of difference in the lives of many people, especially those from Tacloban,” Cabrera said.

Written and directed by Nestor Torre, the play, which is based on the pope’s statements during his visit, presents the motivation that moved the pontiff to visit the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

Torre also wanted to depict the Yolanda survivors’ stories, so that the entire viewing experience would be an interaction between victims and the pope as a consoler in a way that people can learn valuable lessons from each other.

From its premiere in February, the play has been running constantly and is currently being performed for group viewing at Cabrera’s Mabuhay Restop Theatre Cafe at Rizal Park in Manila.

“Hopefully, as this goes around, we’ll have a regular show and we could also visit schools,” Cabrera said.