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Twelve hours on a boat to tell Pope Francis 'I love you'

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.

'Our faith makes us stand up again and again,' Cardinal Tagle tells Pope

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.

Pope Francis sees 'powerful missionary potential' in Philippines

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.”

Pope's full homily to Bishops, Priests, Religious and Seminarians in Manila

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!

Pope Francis: Philippines' 500 years of Christianity can inspire more good

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.

Goans celebrate the canonization of their compatriot St Joseph Vaz

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.

Attendee of Philippines WYD 1995 to concelebrate papal Mass

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.

Full transcript of Pope's interview in-flight to Manila

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.

Overwhelming welcome for Pope Francis foreseen in Philippines

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.

Pope Francis bids farewell to Sri Lanka, Philippines up next

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.

Cyclone menaces Pope's trip to Philippines, Catholics join in prayer

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.

Pope's visit prompts release of more than 600 Sri Lankan prisoners

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.

Francis makes impromptu visit to Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka

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.

'Mary forgave her son's killers': The Pope on healing in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015 - 03:33 am .- At a Marian shine during his three-day trip to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis touched on the country's brutal decades-long civil war and pointed to the Mother of God as the ultimate witness of forgiveness.

At papal Mass in Sri Lanka, disabled man seeks 'big blessing'

Jan 13, 2015 - 11:16 pm .- Among the attendees at the papal Mass in Sri Lanka on Wednesday was Romello Dias, a 20-year-old man who has been suffering major health problems for five years.

Pope Francis' full homily on Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka's first saint

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:28 pm .- In Saint Joseph we see a powerful sign of God's goodness and love for the people of Sri Lanka. But we also see in him a challenge to persevere in the paths of the Gospel, to grow in holiness ourselves, and to testify to the Gospel message of reconciliation to which he dedicated his life.

Sri Lankan cardinal credits papal trip for post-election peace

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:05 am .- After tense elections yielded a new president just days before Pope Francis' arrival in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that the “miracle” of a smooth transition is due in large part to the Pope's visit.

Don't use religion as a weapon of war, Pope Francis insists

Jan 13, 2015 - 06:38 am .- In an oft-repeated message to interreligious groups, Pope Francis stressed again that believers must unite in condemning violence and insist that religion never be used to justify warfare.

A warm Sri Lanka welcome – Pope greeted by 40 elephants

Jan 13, 2015 - 02:49 am .- In all, there were 40 elephants that the Sri Lankan authorities decided to include in Pope Francis’ welcome ceremony upon his first visit to the Asian nation.  

Amid schedule delays, Pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Jan 13, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Pope Francis decided to forego a scheduled meeting with the bishops of Sri Lanka Jan. 13 after delays in arriving at the apostolic nunciature in the country.  

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