Pope Francis' Visit to the Philippines
The much awaited papal visit to our country is just three days away. The Pope is scheduled to arrive in the country on January 15, Thursday at 5PM and will be staying until Monday, January 19.
The following day, January 16, the Pope is scheduled to visit Malacañang followed by a motorcade to Manila Cathedral where he will meet with the authorities and diplomats and a mass will also be held at the said cathedral. The Pope will also go to the Mall of Asia Arena to meet selected Filipino families.
On January 17, Pope Francis will go to Tacloban, Leyte where Typhoon Yolanda took thousands of lives back in 2013. He is also scheduled to return to Manila the same day.
The Pope will also address the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Quiapo, Manila which will be followed by a motorcade to Rizal Park where the Pope will hold a conclusion mass.
On January 19, the Pope will leave for Rome.
So that's the Pope's itinerary for his first visit to the Philippines. An estimated five to six million Filipino Catholics are expected to flock the Pope's visit and I will surely be one of them. Though I am not the type of person that goes to church religiously, I still have faith and belief in our Church. My partner is a devoted Catholic thus, we plan in attending the conclusion mass on Sunday since that falls on our rest day. I sure wish that the Filipino faith will get stronger with the People's Pope visit to our country.
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