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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he passes by with his motorcade during a meeting with youths at the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he passes by with his motorcade during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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Pope Francis, wearing a raincoat, waves to well-wishers during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Pope Francis, wearing a raincoat, waves to well-wishers during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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Pilgrims wear raincoats while holding statues of Baby Jesus during Pope Francis' meeting with youths at the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pilgrims wear raincoats while holding statues of Baby Jesus during Pope Francis' meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he passes by with his motorcade during a meeting with youths at the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he passes by with his motorcade during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he passes by with his motorcade during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis has said men should listen to women's ideas more and not be male chauvinists.

The Argentine pope made impromptu remarks during a youth rally at a co-ed Catholic university in the Philippine capital, Manila, after he noted that four of the five people who addressed him on stage were male.

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Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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Pope Francis, wearing a raincoat, waves to well-wishers during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Pope Francis, wearing a raincoat, waves to well-wishers during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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Pilgrims wear raincoats while holding statues of Baby Jesus during Pope Francis' meeting with youths at the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pilgrims wear raincoats while holding statues of Baby Jesus during Pope Francis' meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during a meeting with youths at the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis applauds while students perform during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis applauds while students perform during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during a meeting with youths at the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis blesses pilgrims during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he passes by with his motorcade during a meeting with youths at the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he passes by with his motorcade during a meeting with youths at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Members of the Philippine National Police prevent well-wishers from moving forward as Pope Francis' motorcade passes by in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

"There is only a small representation of females here, too little," he said, bringing laughter from the crowd.

"Women have much to tell us in today's society. At times we men are too 'machista'," he said, using the Spanish term for male chauvinists.

"(We) don't allow room for women but women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from us, with a different eye. Women are able to pose questions that we men are not able to understand," he said to more applause.

He noted that it was a 12-year-old girl, not any of the four men, who had posed the toughest question, asking why God allowed children to be abandoned.

He ended that part of his impromptu remarks with a joke: "So, when the next pope comes to Manila, let's please have more women among you."

Francis has said that, while the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests is definitive, he wants to appoint more nuns and other women to senior positions in the Vatican.

 

 

 

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