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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 »

Pope Francis : “Miserando atque eligendo”

2013-03-18 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio ) Pope Francis has chosen the motto "Miserando atque eligendo", meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin 'by having mercy, by choosing him'. The motto is one the Pope had already chosen as Bishop. It is taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede on Saint Matthew's Gospel relating to his vocation:"Jesus saw the tax collector and by having mercy chose him as an Apostle saying to him : Follow me." This homily, which focuses on divine mercy and is reproduced in the Liturgy of the Hours on the Feast of Saint Matthew, has taken on special significance in the Pope's life and spiritual journey.. In fact it was on the Feast of Saint Matthew in 1953 that a young seventeen year-old Jorge Bergoglio was touched by the mercy of God and felt the call to religious life in the footsteps of Saint Ignatius of ... Read More »

Pope Francis

FRANCISCUS 13 March 2013   Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; habemus Papam: Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Georgium Marium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum Greetings to the Holy Father Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi": Brothers and sisters, good evening! You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop.  It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one… but here we are… I thank you for your welcome.  The diocesan community of Rome now has its Bishop.  Thank you!      And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI.  Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… And now, we take up this journey:  Bishop and People.  This journey ... Read More »

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