Pope Francis has safely arrived the Philippines last January 15, on this day, the “Papal Visit” has already started. During his travel on the country, he will visit around 11 places in order to complete his travel mission. The Pope is to deliver his message of “Mercy and Compassion” from January 15-19, 2015.
First, he traveled on Sri Lanka, his first Asian trip. He arrived on the said country in order to celebrate the Canonization of Joseph Vaz, the Sri Lanka’s very first Saint which is an Indian born. After that, he arrived at Manila last January 15, 2015. Online citizens that can not go on the venue has no other means but to watch him live stream or read news on their favorite news center. Twitter has also some trending topics regarding the Papal Visit, namely: #PapalVisitPH, #Tell the World of His Love, #Manila Cathedral, #PopeTYSM , #BlessedbythePope, and #CardinalTagle.
After arriving at past 5 PM, the Pope was welcomed at Villamor, Airbase and started his motorcade at around 6:17 PM up to his official residence in the Philippines the Apostolic Nunciature, where he will be staying for five days.
On the following day, January 16, Pope Francis was officially welcomed by the Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III at the Malacanang Palace. At 9:35 AM, Pope Francis signed the official guestbook while the Phil. President was right beside him. After the official welcome, the Pope and the President had a private meeting that lasted around 25 minutes.
After paying his visit on the Palace, he started his parade. He rode his Pope Mobile up to Manila Cathedral, where he held his first mass. The Holy mass was attended by Priests and Nuns all over the country in order to pay respect on the Catholic’s leader. After the mass, Pope Francis returned to his official residence at Apostolic Nunciature. There, he will rest and gain strength in preparation on his visit to Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) in order to meet with families.
On the next day, the Papal Visit will now fly to Palo Leyte and will visit the Archdiocese of Palo. He will then have his mass at Tacloban Airport in the morning. Have a great lunch with the poor and Yolanda Survivors at the residence of the Archbishop of Palo. (Letye, Philippines had the most tragic experience of the Super Typhoon Haiyan or locally known as Yolanda last 2013)
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After the lunch, the Pope will then bless the Pope Francis Center for the Poor in Palo. And Pay a visit at Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration (Palo Cathedral).
After a whole day of travel in Leyte, he will meet some religious leaders and young people at Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila on the following day, January 18, 2014.
After that, Pope Francis will have his Concluding Mass at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal (Luneta) Park. In this event, millions of Catholics and devotees will join him.
On the following day, January 19, Pope Francis will then bid his farewell and end his Papal Visit PH in order to return for Rome. He will have his last motorcade from his residence to Villamor, Airbase.
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