Pope Francis will be visiting the Philippines starting January 15 until 19 for his apostolic visit to the country. “Accepting the initiation 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,” said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
Itinerary of Pope Francis’ visit was not revealed on the said announcement. Further details for the said visit will be provided by the Vatican before the year ends.
“The program of the visit will be made public by the Holy See later in the year,” Tagle said. Yolanda victims in Eastern Visayas will surely not be missed out in the Pope’s itinerary.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma said, “The government joins the Filipino people in welcoming the Vatican’s announcement in confirming that His Holiness, Pope Francis will make an apostolic visit to the Philippines on 15 to 19 January 2015, Pope Francis’ visit marks the 20th anniversary of the celebration of World Youth Day in Manila that was presided over by now Saint John Paul II.”
Coloma noted, “Filipinos will most certainly accord to Pope Francis the warmth of their hospitality and manifest the fervor of their faith as they welcome the first pontiff from South America. President Aquino is calling on all concerned government offices and the citizenry to work closely with the papal visit committee in ensuring the success of the apostolic visit of Pope Francis.”
Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa, Jr. was assigned as Philippine government’s lead point person for the pope’s visit.