Binay bound for Vatican for Pope’s installation


Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay will represent the Philippines in the installation of Pope Francis in the Vatican on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Vice President on Saturday said that Binay is leaving on Monday “to formally convey to Pope Francis the greetings of President Aquino.”

Binay will join other heads of state in welcoming the new Pope.

“It is a rare opportunity to witness the installation of a new Pope, and I am honored to represent President Noynoy and the Filipino people [in] Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass,” Binay said.

Binay praised the Argentinian Pope for his compassion for the poor.

“He reminds us that serving our fellowmen is a duty not only of the Church, but also of all Catholics. As he begins his papacy, we pray that he will lead the Church with wisdom, humility, compassion and grace,” Binay said.

The Vice President traveled to the Vatican last October to witness the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod and last November to see the elevation of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle to the College of Cardinals.

The Vice President and his wife, Elenita, also had a private audience with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on their 40th wedding anniversary last July.

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  • impending_raptor

    Hindi kaya masunog yun dark, little evil spirit pag na hawakan nya si Pope?

  • rock_steady

    Binay will tell Pope Francis.. “I fully support your vision for a church of the poor”. I will continue to help ensure Philippines will stay poor so we achieve your vision”

  • Guest

    Why welcome mainland locusts? In beijing some restaurants refuse Filipinos. Why should we be hospitable to the Chinazis? They obviously look down on us.

  • whyinthisworld

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is gloria in the form of binay, remember? Am sure he will request for the blessing and endorsement come 2016 election. Paktay tayong lahat diyan.

  • wawangpenoy

    Sana mabahiran ka man lang kahit konti ng pagiging maka-diyos para naman mabawasan ang karumaldumal na korapsyon na idudulot ng UNA sa bayan.

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