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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.

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.

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