MANILA, 17 November – This is the Itinerary of Pope Francis’ visit in PH. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle formally announced the itinerary of much-awaited apostolic visit on January 15-19, 2015 byPope Francis.
According to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Pope Francis will arrive Manila in the morning of January 15 (Thursday), and will go on a motorcade to his residence in Manila.
The following morning, January 16, the pope will be officially welcomed by President Benigno Aquino III at Malacañang Palace and will be followed with a meeting with the members of the diplomatic corps.
After the Palace reception, he will go on a motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros for a Mass with bishops, priests, and the religious.
Pope Francis will then have an encounter with families at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
On January 17, the pontiff will visit some areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte particularly Tacloban City, and its adjacent town of Palo.
Pope Francis will offer Mass upon his arrival at the Tacloban Airport and will later dine with the less fortunate and survivors of recent natural calamities at the residence of the Archbishop of Palo.
Among those who will be sharing lunch with the Pope are victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that leveled several century-old churches in Bohol.
He will also bless the Pope Francis Center for the Poor and visit the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration, both in Palo, to meet with priests and the religious before going back to Manila on the same day.
The Pope will have a brief meeting with the religious leaders and will meet young people at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila on January 18. In the afternoon, he will go on a motorcade for the Concluding Mass at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila.
Pope Francis will leave for Rome on January 19.
Meanwhile, CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that Pope Francis is bringing the joy of Gospel personally to us during his visit.
“I invite you all, my fellow Filipinos, to extend a hearty and warm welcome to our Pope. But most importantly let us open our hearts to the message he will bring and, even now, extend the love, mercy, compassion and kindness that he practices to one another, that he may find in our country a blessed, kind, and grateful people,” Villegas said. (CBCP)