Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, D.D.

A nation of mercy and compassion atque Eligendo (Lowly but Chosen) Pastoral Letter to Prepare the People of God for the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis MY dear people of God: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines officially announces the visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to the Philippines, God willing at the beginning of […]

His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

The Philippines has been blessed with three previous papal visits: Pope Paul VI in 1970, St. John Paul II in 1981 and 1995. With jubilation we welcome Pope Francis in January 2015. Some might ask, can these visits make a difference in our individual and societal lives? They can – if we allow them! Let […]

Yolanda kids pay homage to the King of kings

Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of the Christ-Child to the world. In many countries the exchange of gifts happens not on Christmas day but on the feast of Epiphany, following the example of the Magi who offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus. Children look forward to receiving […]

Ringing of Church bells nationwide to welcome Pope Francis

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, the Very Reverend Diocesan Administrators:As we come close to the arrival of Pope Francis on January 15, 2015 for his first Apostolic Visit to the Philippines, may I kindly remind you of the request previsouly conveyed last month that all church bells all over the Philippines be pealed simultaneously on JANUARY 15 AT 5:45 IN THE […]

Papal visit can help, but change starts within—priest

MANILA, Oct. 2, 2014—The change which Filipinos hope Pope Francis’s upcoming visit is expected to make actually begins with oneself, a Catholic priest believes. Fr. Carlos V. Reyes, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue (ECID), pointed out that while the Holy Father’s visit can do […]

Past Papal Visits

Modern popes have made it a point to make the long journey to Catholic Philippines, bastion of Christianity in Southeast Asia, at least once in their pontificates. The country has so far been blessed with three papal visits in a span of 25 years. In 1970, Pope Paul VI (now Blessed) came as a missionary […]

The Papal Visit Itinerary

is Holiness Pope Francis will bring his message of “mercy and compassion” to at least 11 different venues in the province of Leyte and Metro Manila during his Apostolic Visit to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Manila from Sri Lanka, the first leg of his Asian trip, by […]

Papal Visit PH Logo Explained

COLORS. The colors of the logo (blue, red, and yellow) are the colors of the Philippine flag. The colors therefore represent the country and its people. It is in solidarity with the victims of recent calamities that the Pope is coming to the Philippines. CIRCLES. The innermost circle resembles a pearl, and again it symbolizes […]

The Theme: Mercy and Compassion

About the Theme of the Apostolic Visit: ‘Mercy and Compassion’ The Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines from January 15 – 19, 2015 will have for its theme “Mercy and Compassion”. Pope Francis will visit the Philippines primarily to comfort Filipinos devastated by the typhoon and the earthquake that hit the Visayas. This visit calls to mind what Jesus did as recounted in the […]

The Purpose of the Apostolic Visit

The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015 is indeed a great blessing to a nation whose covenant with God has been tested in various ways, but which has also savored many triumphs in its four centuries of Christian faith. The spotlight will not be on the person of […]