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Pope Francis’ visit: a blessing, a call to personal and social responsibility - Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

Message of His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the Announcement of the Official Itinerary of the Apostolic and State Visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis, to the Philippines in January 2015

Today the Vatican released the program of His Holiness Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Philippines on January 15 – 19, 2015. We cannot contain our joy. We want the whole Filipino nation to know of this good news.

When Pope Francis comes: ‘Every tear, every sorrow and every hope he will make his own’

Message of Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines on the publication of the program for the Apostolic Visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis

Distinguished representatives of television and radio broadcasters, of newspapers and magazines and of internet communications,

Dear journalists,

Our encounter this evening opens the doors, so to speak, for the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis, already announced for January next year, from the 15th to the 19th, and anticipates it with the publication of the program.

His Eminence, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, his Excellency Socrates Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen – Dagupan and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, and together with the representatives of the various organizing commissions have illustrated the main aspects of the visit, the places involved and the principal theme, Mercy and Compassion.


Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)


CBCP Lenten Message 2014

As we begin this Lenten Season in the Year of the Laity, we invite you, our brothers and sisters, to reflect on poverty, particularly the types that contradict God‟s Kingdom as well as those other types that promote and establish the Kingdom. We do this following the lead of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, whose own Lenten Message takes its inspiration from St. Paul writing about our Lord Jesus Christ: “He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (cf. 2 Cor 8:9).
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When the Pope sees us Filipinos, may he see the living God in us

Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the announcement of the final itinerary of the Papal Visit.

Today our official joy begins. We have had this secret joy in our hearts since the first news of a visit by the Holy Father Pope Francis came out. But today we announce it to you and to the world. Pope Francis is bringing joy of the Gospel personally, to us, on the five special days in January that we have officially announced.

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