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...]

‘We will always be grateful,’ Filipino archbishop tells Pope Francis

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 09:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.“Your visit strengthens and consoles us; may your humble presence among the poor and among us who have suffered the tragedy of a Super Typhoon ever lead us to the restful waters of … [Read more...]

Pope’s visit will have a ‘huge impact’, Filipino ambassador believes

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 02:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mercedes Arrastia Tuason, the Philippines' ambassador to the Holy See, told CNA's 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.” The full text of the interview follows. CNA: How important is Pope Francis' apostolic visit to the … [Read more...]

Gay marriage is ‘ideological colonization,’ says Vatican spokesman

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. In an  address to more than 1,000 Filipino families in Manila on Jan. 16, Pope Francis decried the “new ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family.” The Pope also … [Read more...]

Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines. After discussing various threats to the family, including “a lack of openness to … [Read more...]

She died and came back to life 3 times; now she’s here to see the Pope

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 03:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 Sinida. “When Natividad was dying I kept on praying to the Lord, and after a few minutes she was alive. That’s a very big miracle, so I am very thankful. And I keep on praying,” Sinida Auzela told CNA Jan. 16, saying that … [Read more...]

What threatens families? Redefining marriage, Pope says

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 03:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. “The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,” warned Pope … [Read more...]