Pope Francis sees ‘powerful missionary potential’ in Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 09:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.”“Filipino culture has, in fact, been shaped by the imagination of faith. Filipinos everywhere are known for their love of God, their fervent piety and their warm devotion to Our Lady and her … [Read more...]

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

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 08:24 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis' Homily at Manila's Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral during Holy Mass for Bishops, Priests, Religious and Seminarians Jan. 16 "Do you love me?… Tend my sheep" (Jn 21:15-17). Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel are the first words I speak to you, dear brother bishops and priests, men and women religious, and young seminarians. These words remind us of something … [Read more...]

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

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 08:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.“It is my hope that this important anniversary will point to its continuing fruitfulness and its potential to inspire a society worthy of the goodness, dignity and aspirations of the Filipino people,” … [Read more...]

Goans celebrate the canonization of their compatriot St Joseph Vaz

Panjim, India, Jan 15, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. The Indian-born saint known as the “Apostle to Sri Lanka” was canonized at a Mass in Colombo by Pope Francis on Jan. 14. “The canonization is a sign of the maturity level attained by the Church in Goa to be … [Read more...]

Attendee of Philippines WYD 1995 to concelebrate papal Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “(The visit of Pope Francis) is a great blessing, just like the visit of St. John Paul II in 1995. That was for World Youth Day. I was there, and now I am very lucky to be one of the concelebrants of this Mass … [Read more...]

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

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 15, 2015 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. Below is a full transcript of the discussion between Pope Francis and journalist's during Thursday's flight: Fr. Lombardi: Holy Father, welcome and thanks for being here with us in … [Read more...]

Overwhelming welcome for Pope Francis foreseen in Philippines

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 14, 2015 / 10:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome in the Philippines, say two natives of the country who work in media.“People are starting to line up from the airport to the apostolic nunciature,” Father Gregory Gaston, rector of Rome’s Pontifical Collegio Filippino, told CNA Jan. 15.“I am sure that the Pope will be happy when he meets the people because they have really been preparing for quite … [Read more...]