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

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “When we had already boarded the plane I asked him ‘How is it Your Holiness? Are you tired? Are you afraid because this is your first typhoon?’ But he said, 'This visit is really for me. This is for me. … [Read more...]

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Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “The Pope has been informed about the death of our young friend” when he returned to the nunciature, said head of the Holy See Press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, during a press briefing on Jan. 17 a few hours after the … [Read more...]

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Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “The Pope has been informed about the death of our young friend” when he returned to the nunciature, said head of the Holy See Press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, during a press briefing on Jan. 17 a few hours after the … [Read more...]

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

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “I saw a sense of paternity from the Pope, also physically in his embrace, his caress, his affection that the kids immediately noticed. So all of them wanted to be in contact with him,” Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA on Jan. 16. “It was a very … [Read more...]

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

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. Among the Pope’s scheduled activities was an address to priests, religious, seminarians and families at the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration … [Read more...]

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Rain during papal Mass a small sacrifice compared to Typhoon Haiyan

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 10:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.Nearly all in attendance, including the Pope, sported yellow ponchos. Some wiped tears as the Holy Father expressed his heartfelt desire to be close to the survivors of the storm.“I’m here to be with … [Read more...]

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Inbound typhoon cuts short Pope Francis’ visit to Leyte

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 10:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis regretfully announced his early departure from the Philippines island of Leyte, leading people in prayers for protection against an inbound typhoon.“I apologize to you all,” the Pope said Jan. 17 at Palo’s Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration. “I am truly saddened because I had something prepared especially for you.”He led the congregation in praying an Our Father and a Hail … [Read more...]

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