In a press briefing last July 31, with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishiop Giuseppe Pinto, at his side, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, officially announced the Holy Father’s visit to the Philippines from January 15-19, 2015 after visiting Sri Lanka from January 12-15.
His trip is primarily to visit the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Yolanda and the earthquakes of last year and to show his solidarity with the victims of these calamities.
The Holy Father’s visit comes 20 years to the date when his predecessor, Pope John Paul II was in the country for World Youth Day 1995. To prepare for this historic event, all the Filipino faithful are enjoined to recite a special prayer at every mass until his Holiness arrives.
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