Palace welcomes 'papal visit' next year

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


THE Aquino administration welcomes Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in January 2015, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

“We certainly look forward to the coming of Pope Francis. We are a country with a majority population who are Catholics, and so this would be an opportunity for us to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

“It is always a time of joy whenever the pope comes to the Philippines. When Pope John Paul II came over, there was exuberance, and this is a moment of joy. It would be a joyous occasion, not only for Filipino Catholics, but also for the entire Philippines,” he said.

Pope Francis recently confirmed that he will visit the Philippines in January next year. Officials of the country’s Catholic Church have reportedly invited him to visit the Philippines, especially typhoon-hit Leyte.

The Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic country in Asia, with 80.9 percent of its population Roman Catholic.

The last papal visit was in 1995, when the late Pope John Paul II led the celebration of World Youth Day in Manila. (SDR/Sunnex)

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