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History made! Philippine crowd for Pope Francis hits 6-7 million

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:39 am .- The Vatican's spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6-7 million people attended his closing Mass.

Catholic and non-Catholic alike; young people swarm for Pope

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Harold Ducusin, like many of his peers, traveled several hours to join tens of thousands of other young Filipinos to see Pope Francis at the sports field of Santo Tomas University Jan. 18.

Protect the family – Pope's parting message to the Philippines

Jan 18, 2015 - 01:11 am .- In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

Pope's prescription for our info-saturated world: being surprised by love

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:04 pm .- Tens of thousands of Filipino youth gathered in Manila with Pope Francis on Sunday and heard his recommendation that a society inundated in information should embrace God’s loving surprises.

Pope Francis prays for woman killed at Philippines Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:16 pm .- Pope Francis led a youth rally in prayer for Kristel Padasas, a young woman who died in a freak accident at Saturday’s papal Mass in the Philippines.

What Pope Francis learned from homeless girl: 'Cry with the suffering!'

Jan 17, 2015 - 09:14 pm .- Pope Francis praised Filipino former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar for asking why God allows children to suffer, saying her tearful question show that Christians must “learn how to weep.”

Here's why Pope Francis goes off script

Jan 17, 2015 - 07:15 am .- In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why Pope Francis so frequently deviates from his prepared speeches.

Pope Francis to Philippines cardinal: 'this visit is really for me'

Jan 17, 2015 - 06:10 am .- On his return flight from the Philippine city of Tacloban to Manila, where he met with and shared in the suffering of typhoon survivors, Pope Francis was moved, and said the trip was really intended for him.

Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 04:55 am .- A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands of people amid strong winds and rain brought on by Tropical Storm Amang.

A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

Jan 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday.

What the Pope wasn't able to say in the Philippines

Jan 17, 2015 - 12:00 am .- On Jan. 17, Pope Francis visited the Philippine city of Tacloban, which is still recovering from the devastating effects of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. More than 7,000 people died in that storm, and an estimated 1 million people remain homeless.

Rain during papal Mass a small sacrifice compared to Typhoon Haiyan

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:45 pm .- Hundreds of thousands of people put up with the rain and the wind to attend an outdoor Mass with Pope Francis on Jan. 17 on the Philippine island of Leyte--“ground zero” of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

Inbound typhoon cuts short Pope Francis' visit to Leyte

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:06 pm .- Pope Francis regretfully announced his early departure from the Philippines island of Leyte, leading people in prayers for protection against an inbound typhoon.

'We will always be grateful,' Filipino archbishop tells Pope Francis

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:03 pm .- Although Tacloban was “ground zero” of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster that brought fear, suffering, and death, a Philippines bishop has told Pope Francis that the Christian faith and the papal visit have consoled the Filipino people.

Pope's visit will have a 'huge impact', Filipino ambassador believes

Jan 16, 2015 - 02:19 pm .- Mercedes Arrastia Tuason, the Philippines' ambassador to the Holy See, told EWTN News' Antonio Gonsalves in a Jan. 15 interview she expects Pope Francis' visit this week to her nation “will make a huge impact on the Filipino people,” and explained why Pope Francis is known there as “Lolo Kiko.”

Gay marriage is 'ideological colonization,' says Vatican spokesman

Jan 16, 2015 - 01:32 pm .- Remarking on Pope Francis' strong words against the threats which “ideological colonization” poses to the family, the Vatican's spokesman told journalists Friday that same-sex marriage falls within this category.

Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

Jan 16, 2015 - 04:07 am .- Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life.

She died and came back to life 3 times; now she's here to see the Pope

Jan 16, 2015 - 03:51 am .- Eighty-two year-old Natividad camped out in Manila overnight to see Pope Francis – despite a health history of clinically dying and coming back to life three times, according to her sister Auzela.

What threatens families? Redefining marriage, Pope says

Jan 16, 2015 - 03:47 am .- Warning that “every threat to the family is a threat to society itself,” Pope Francis called on the people of the Philippines to be a prophetic witness in a world facing attacks on marriage and life.

Here's what Pope Francis gave the president of the Philippines

Jan 16, 2015 - 01:56 am .- During his first full day in the Philippines, Pope Francis met with President Benigno Aquino and other officials at the presidential palace, encouraging them to use the country’s strong religious heritage as a force for good.

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