What PNoy gave Pope Francis

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Posted at Jan 16 2015 03:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2015 08:01 AM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday gave Pope Francis a sculpture of Mary, Undoer of Knots, to commemorate his five-day visit to the mainly Catholic nation Philippines.

This morning, the Supreme Pontiff paid a courtesy call on Aquino in Malacañang, where he also delivered his first public speech in the country.

According to the Palace, Pope Francis is known to have a special devotion to Mary, Undoer of Knots, a "refuge of so many who entrust the knots in their life, the struggles they confront, to the care of our mother."

The sculpture Aquino gave is carved from a piece of wood from a century-old acacia tree that was felled by typhoon Glenda in July 2014. It was carved by Fred Baldemor of Paeta, Laguna.

The President also gave Pope Francis P500 and P50 commemorative coins bearing the Pope's image.

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The sculpture of Mary, Undoer of Knots, that President Aquino gave to Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of Fred Baldemor
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The sculpture of Mary, Undoer of Knots, that President Aquino gave to Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of Fred Baldemor

The coins, which also feature the date of the papal visit, were issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Pope Francis, meanwhile, gave Aquino a facsimile of a Nautical Map attributed to Bartolome Oliva, which is part of the Vatican Library collection.