After 20 years since Pope John Paul II, now Saint John Paul II visited the Philippines in 1995, the Philippines once again prepares to welcome the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis. He is presently in Sri Lanka and will arrive at 5:45 in the afternoon, Manila time on January 15th.
Official welcome for Pope Francis will be at Villamor Air Base (formerly Nichols Air Base) in Pasay City. The following day, January 16th, Pope Francis will make a courtesy call to Pres. Benigno Aquino III in Malacanan Palace and a meeting with authorities and members of the diplomatic corps. A Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila and wrapping up the day will be Pope Francis’ meeting with families at the Mall of Asia Arena.
On Saturday, January 17th, Pope Francis will leave for Tacloban City, Leyte where he will celebrate Holy Mass at the international airport and a special lunch with some typhoon Yolanda survivors in Palo. Religious leaders, seminarians and families of Yolanda survivors await to meet him at Palo Cathedral. Pope Francis will return to Manila by night fall.
January 18th, Sunday will be a red letter day for University of Santo Tomas University in Manila as Pope Francis holds meeting with religious leaders and youth leaders. A Holy Mass at the Quirino Grandstand is anticipated to draw large crowd in mid-afternoon.
Monday, January 19th ends Pope Francis’ Papal visit to the Philippines. We are hoping that his visit will strengthen the Filipinos’ Faith in the Almighty Lord, solidify family life, renew compassion for others and encourage protection for our environment.
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