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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 16, 2015 - 12:45 am .- Dolorosa and Joay traveled on a 12-hour boat trip from their home province in the Philippines to Manila, where they hope to see “the image of Jesus” – Pope Francis – and tell him that they love him.
Jan 15, 2015 - 10:38 pm .- Seven cathedrals of Manila have been destroyed, but the eighth remains strong like the Philippines’ people, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila said in an invigorating speech to Pope Francis Friday.
Jan 15, 2015 - 09:10 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday repeated his praise for the Philippines’ Christians as he encouraged bishops, clergy, vowed religious and seminarians to proclaim the Gospel, identify with the poor and help the “broken in spirit.”
Jan 15, 2015 - 08:24 pm .- For us priests and consecrated persons, conversion to the newness of the Gospel entails a daily encounter with the Lord in prayer. The saints teach us that this is the source of all apostolic zeal!
Jan 15, 2015 - 08:06 pm .- Pope Francis praised Philippines Catholics’ strong faith and challenged them to continue to let the Christian message bear fruit, noting the upcoming 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in Philippines.
Jan 15, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Bells pealed out at Catholic churches and chapels throughout the Archdiocese of Goa on Wednesday, calling the faithful to prayer and thanksgiving following the canonization of one of their own, St. Joseph Vaz.
Jan 15, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Fr. Marcello Pondoc attended the Philippines World Youth Day with St. John Paul II in 1995, and 20 years later will participate in Pope Francis’ visit as a concelebrating priest at Friday's papal Mass.
Jan 15, 2015 - 11:58 am .- Speaking to journalists aboard the Jan. 15 flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis discussed his trip, his recent canonizations, the upcoming encyclical on ecology, and reasonable limits to freedom of expression.
Jan 14, 2015 - 10:29 pm .- Pope Francis can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome in the Philippines, say two natives of the country who work in media.
Jan 14, 2015 - 08:46 pm .- Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka for the Philippines on Thursday morning after an eventful trip to the island country.
Jan 14, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- With Pope Francis arriving in the Philippines on Thursday, the Archbishop of Manila is asking that the faithful pray for favorable weather, as a tropical storm is heading for Tacloban, where the Pope will visit on Saturday.
Jan 14, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Prompted by Pope Francis' visit and in keeping with the ongoing theme of reconciliation, more than 600 men and women were released from prisons throughout the island nation of Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Jan 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- On Wednesday evening following his scheduled events, Pope Francis made a brief, unplanned visit to a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka in a gesture of interreligious dialogue, the Holy See press officer has said.