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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Papal Visit: Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila


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Hoping for a good weather tomorrow at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. We heard news that people are already camped out at the Ma. Orosa entrance near the area for a chance to be among the first to get a good spot while Pope Francis celebrates mass on Sunday.

If we want the homily of tomorrow to be understood by more, why not use  that Argentine priest who speaks fluent Tagalog as interpreter. Though English is the international language, it would be best for the majority of Filipinos so they could clearly understand the messages of the Pope.

For your information, the Pope's real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio but uses the name of Francis which he borrowed from St. Francis of Assisi. Is it more appropriate to call him "Lolo Jorge" instead of "Lolo Kiko." He surprisingly has an M.S. Chemistry in University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, but worked as a bouncer before getting involved in the church.

He is currently staying at the Apostolic Nunciature located at the corner of Quirino Avenue and Taft Avenue, Manila, and is also the official quarters of all the visitors from the Vatican, as they embark on a four-day trip here in the Philippines including typhoon-ravaged Tacloban to meet the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” after their visit in Sri Lanka. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said it is standard operating procedure for visiting popes to stay at the Apostolic Nunciature.

Activists and militants who tried to approach the Apostolic Nunciature a few days ago were turned away by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The militants were seeking the help of Pope Francis for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

Since umbrellas are not allowed to be used whether under the sun or rain, there's news of panic-buying of raincoats almost everywhere that sells clear or transparent types. The people are getting ready in case it rains tomorrow.

Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines is the fourth time the country would welcome a pope after Pope Paul VI’s visit in 1970 and Pope John Paul II’s trip in 1981 and the World Youth day in 1995.

*Photo credits to scoopnest

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