Pope gets impromptu medical checkup at Manila Adventist Medical Center

Pope Francis arriving in Manila...
Pope Francis arriving in Manila…
MANILA, Philippines — Still acclimating to the heat and humidity after his arrival in the Philippines, Pope Francis paid a quick visit to Manila Adventist Medical Center (better known as Manila Sanitarium) in the Pasay district of Metro Manila.

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“This is probably unnecessary but we want to take every precaution as Pope Francis is 78 years old and the tropical heat can be a bit of an adjustment,” said a papal aide at a busy press briefing in the hospital’s lobby.

Physicians at Manila Sanitarium gave Pope Francis a clean bill of health after which delegations from the hospital administration; Adventist University of the Philippines and the nearby Adventist International Institute of Adventist Studies (AIIAS) took the pope on a quick tour of the hospital facilities. “We had the day off anyway so we thought we’d be polite,” said AIIAS Public Relations Director, Romero Santacruz, explaining his delegation’s presence.

Pope Francis expressed his gratitude for the hospitality of the Adventist welcoming party. “I always feel safer with an Adventist hospital nearby,” he joked. The Catholic leader reserved his highest praise for the tasty vegetarian food at the Manila Sanitarium cafeteria. “This food is delicious,” he said, touching his fingers to his lips. “You may even convince an old Argentine to go vegetarian!”

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Additional thanks to Ang Malaya Net, a Philippine news site for their spot-on news coverage: Pope Francis gets medical checkup at an Adventist Medical Center in Manila – not true

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54 Comments

  1. Richard Mills

    What you failed to mention was the exact food the Pope ate at the Sanitarium. He was served the Special K Loaf with phony chicken gravy, peas & carrots, raw salad and a couple of Loma Linda veggieburgers and a bunch of Big Franks for the security staff. Many cups of Roma with soy milk and soy sugar were also consumed. A good time was had by all!! BURP!! Woe is me.

    • Miriam Taglinao

      Pati ako na uto !! We’ll how could you promote this Barley Adventist if you guys starting make this min sense article!!! One thing naki ki Wordly na rin talaga ang Adventist !!

  2. LOL, you got me there, Barely Adventist. I glanced at the article and immediately told my partner (not of SDA background), “Can you believe this! The SDAs call the Pope the antichrist, and he lets them handle his health!” I then glanced back at the article and immediately saw your logo. But you sure had me for a second!

  3. daygie ellen

    If it ead true… so why???
    Isn’t jesus die for all human even who killed him.
    Who are you all to judge the pope?
    Who will knows if by it happened the pope will know God in the right mind?
    Ellen white said that people who recive jesus much of them are from chatolic.
    And the adventist are less…
    Our enemy is not the “pope”…
    But satan and our sinfull mind.

  4. Dorlan

    May i suggest to take this article out. I’m an Adventist and I don’t find this amusing. If we are satirically making fun of other peoples belief we are being disrespectful especially making fun of a religious figure/leader of another religion. As an Adventist I would personally apologize for the people who finds this offensive and misleading but this article is not supported by the General Conference nor the NPUC. To the person who wrote this article, It’s okay to make jokes as long as they are relevant and unoffensive.

  5. Iuri

    Very good article. Congratulation! I enjoy it with my wife and our friends. For few minutes we were about to remain without identity. Our “worst enemy” was becoming a friend. What if one day the pope will become a SDA. Than, what it will be our next agenda? Seems that we may have no purpose without the pope. God open our eyes! Amin!

  6. Roy Bico Jr.

    Checked up and eating veggies never happened. Pope has with doctors to check him every now and then. Please writer-liar do not mess with this kind of article. You really are making a mess..

  7. We can learn a lesson from this post. It is more of an experiment of how people blindly believe something that makes them feel happy or proud. I like this because of its genius idea of tricking lots of people despite it having the disclaimer up there…. and yet, a lot of people are fooled. You may find this offensive or attention-seeking. But I just find it funny and amusing.

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  9. I normally enjoy the satirical fiction on this site, but this fictitious article could be taken the wrong way by our brethren of other faiths. The stated purpose of this blog is to have good-natured fun regarding things idiomatic to our Adventist culture. We should not publish humor at the expense of another denomination. In other words, I enjoy a good joke, but I think this particular one may go a little too far.

  10. Arcowboy

    The knot heads posting here that have no sense of humor. Now I understand why when I walk into most Adventist churches there is no one under the age of 80 in the congregation. Also why so many of our churches in NA have closed. Get a life people , why do come here to read it any way. ?

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