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Pope Francis will visit Philippines from Jan. 15 to 19, 2015, Cardinal Tagle says

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | 0:34

Pope Francis will visit the Philippines on January 15 to 19 next year, Manila Archibishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle announced on Tuesday.

With this announcement, Tagle said the Catholic hierarchy was encouraging the Filipino faithful to prepare for the Holy Father's visit by starting to pratice acts of "mercy and compassion."    
"We have received a letter from the Vatican City and the following message is being announced: 'Accepting the invitation of the civil authority and the bishops, his Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic visit to Sri Lanka from January 12 to 15 and to the Philippines from January 15 to 19, 2015',” Tagle said in a press conference held in Intramuros, Manila.
“The program of the visit will be made public by the Holy See later in the year. Thanks be to God,” Tagle added.
Tagle said the Pope's visit would coincide with with the 20th anniversary of the World Youth Day celebration held in the Philippines in 1995.   The late Pope John Paul II, who was declared a saint this year by Pope Francis, led the event two decades ago in Manila.
While no specific events have been finalized, Tagle said Pope would visit areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas as well as some places in Manila.
“Ang mga detalye ng tatlong buong araw ng pagdating niya dito ay ipagbibigay alam sa atin ng Vatican sa pagtatapos ng taon," Tagle said.

"Pero siguro, hindi naman kaila na syempre dito siya sa Manila lalapag at dito din siya lilipat pabalik sa Roma. At nabanggit na rin naman noon na gusto rin niya ipadama ang kanyang pakikiisa sa mga naging biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda,” he added.
Tagle said the central theme of the Papal visit was “mercy and compassion."
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