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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‘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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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