As early as November 2014, the excitement over Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines can be felt everywhere. His visit to South Korea was a smash hit and I am very certain that Filipinos will once again break all records in terms of attendance in any Papal Visit. The Philippines is home to the Pope’s largest flock in Asia thus this visit is a significant show of force of the Catholic faith in these parts. Dubbed under the theme Mercy & Compassion, this visit also coincides with the announcement that 2015 is the Year of the Poor. The ascension of Pope Francis to the papacy has brought renewed interest to the Vatican. He has stirred the hornet’s nest but he has remained steadfast in his resolve to do what he believes needs to done to bring the faithful back to the fold.
So on January 15, 2015, all roads lead to Manila where most of the activities of Papal Visit will happen. He will also visit Tacloban City to meet with the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. President NoyNoy Aquino has issued Proclamation 936 declaring January 15 , 16 and 19, 2015 as special non-working holidays for the National Capital Region to enable the Catholic faithful to take part in the various activities.
Check out the complete itinerary and schedule below, as released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.