LIVESTREAM: Pope Francis holy mass, meeting with families at MOA (January 16, 2015)

MANILA, Philippines - His Holiness Pope Francis was officially welcomed by President Benigno 'PNoy' S. Aquino III at the Malacañang Palace on J. P. Laurel Street in Manila on Friday morning, January 16, 2015 (Day 2) of his stay in the country.

Pope Francis spoke at the general audience of the government officials and diplomatic corps. He has pointed out the importance of social justice and encourage us to celebrate 2015 as 'Year of the Poor.'

"It is necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity & commitment for the common good," Pope Francis said.

Motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) in Intramuros for a Holy Mass with bishops, priests, and women and men religious followed at 11:15 in the morning.

Around 5:30 in the afternoon, he will have an encounter with families at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The pope has arrived in the Philippines on Thursday afternoon at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

According to Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, the Holy Father was pleased on how the Filipino people warmly welcomed him.

“He is happy to be here finally in the Philippines. First encounter with the Filipino people was very impressive, touching. Important, the pope has received a very strong impression, spiritual experience with your people,” he said during the press briefing at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.

WATCH: Pope Francis Papal Visit 2015 | Philippines - Day 2 January 16, 2015 (LIVESTREAM video courtesy of RTVMalacanang)

FULL TRANSCRIPT and VIDEO: Pope Francis delivers speech at the Malacanang Palace

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