Pope Francis Visit To The Philippines

In a few days from now Pope Francis will be visiting the Philippines. So much preparation for has been done to make his visit safe and memorable. Commercial flights during his arrival and departure are cancelled and “no fly zones” has been designated for his safety. Classes are also suspended to allow the young people to attend activities planned during his visit.

Popes are always a big hit when they visit any country. They are dignitaries being the head of the Catholic church. More than five million people, many of them young Filipinos, attended Pope John Paul II’s closing mass at the 1995 World Youth Day in Manila, said to be a world record for a papal gathering. Let us see if Pope Francis can break that record.

Who is Pope Francis?

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when he was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, reportedly took his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy. Prior to his election as pope, Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 (succeeding Antonio Quarracino), as cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church of Argentina from 2001 to 2013, and as president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 2005 to 2011. Pope Francis made his first international visit in July 2013, traveling to Brazil. In December 2013, Pope Francis was also named Person of the Year by TIME magazine.

Throughout his life, both as an individual and a religious leader, Pope Francis has been known for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. Since his election to the papacy, he has shown a simpler and less formal approach to the office, choosing to live in the Vatican guesthouse and not the papal residence.

Click here for a complete Pope Francis 2015 Philippine Visit Official Itinerary

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