The Papal Visit itinerary has already been approved by the Vatican, which means Pope Francis will definitely be here in the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015.
This great news was announced to the media Friday, November 14, by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
Pope Francis will be coming in from Sri Lanka to the Philippines on the afternoon of January 15th, Thursday. Because this is a pastoral and state visit, President ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III will be personally welcoming him, together with Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. There are no details yet about the upcoming program of the Pope that evening.
But, on the following day, January 16th, he has a full schedule because included in his itinerary is his meeting with President Aquino III in Malacanang, a mass at the Manila Cathedral, and a dialogue with families at the SM MOA Arena in the afternoon.
On Saturday, January 17th, he will be at Palo, Leyte all day for his dialogue with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. According to Cardinal Tagle, his sympathy with the plight of the victims is the very reason why this Papal Visit is considered unique. This trip to Leyte will also be concluded within the day and the Pope will spend the night back at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.
On Sunday, January 18th, an inter-religious ceremony and meeting with the youth will be held at the University of Santo Tomas in the morning. In the afternoon, the most-awaited mass at Luneta will be held where about 5 million people are expected to attend.
On Monday, January 19th in the morning, will be Pope Francis’ departure for Rome, Italy.
Now that the official itinerary has been released, preparations for his arrival by the Central Committee for the Papal Visit can be in full-swing.