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Benvenuti nel Filippine Papa Francesco

We join the 81 million Filipino Catholics in warmly welcoming Pope Francis. Pope Francis arrives at 5:45 p.m. today at the Villamor Air Base then proceed to the Apostolic Nunciature, of the Vatican Embassy on Taft Avenue. He arrived from Colombo, Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, where he spent 3 days, capped by the canonization of Fr. Joseph Vas. He was met at the Bandaranaike International Airport by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena, with 40 elephants dressed in colorful costumes lining the airport road behind him. Only 7 percent of Sri Lanka’s population are Catholics, since the members of the Sinhalese majority are typically Buddhist, and Tamils for the most part Hindu. President Aquino will lead the welcomers at Villamor Air Base. He will receive Pope Francis at Malacañang on Friday, together with government officials and diplomatic corps. The Pope will ... Read More »

Papal Visit Philippines Itinerary

His Holiness Pope Francis will bring his message of “mercy and compassion” to at least 11 different venues in the province of Leyte and Metro Manila during his Apostolic Visit to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Manila from Sri Lanka, the first leg of his Asian trip, by plane past 5 p.m. on January 15, and will go on a motorcade to his official residence in the Philippines. The following morning, January 16, Pope Francis will be officially welcomed by President Benigno S. Aquino III at Malacañan Palace on J. P. Laurel Street in Manila. The Pope will also meet Philippine authorities and members of the diplomatic corps. After the Palace reception, Pope Francis will go on a motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) in Intramuros for a Mass with bishops, priests, and women and men religious. Later, ... Read More »

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