Pope Francis may visit Philippines in 2016—CBCP

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Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines may just be on Pope Francis’ travel itinerary in 2016, the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Thursday.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, said Church officials were hoping Pope Francis would be able to visit in January 2016 after the Vatican asked that the date for a major Church event be moved to accommodate the Holy Father’s schedule.

Palma said Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Pontifical Committee on the International Eucharistic Congress, asked that the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) scheduled to be held in Cebu City on May 23-29, 2016, be moved to another date.

“Two weeks ago, we received a letter from Archbishop Marini asking if we could move the event to a second preferred date because the Pope had another schedule in May,” said Palma in a report on the CBCP website.

“We told them that January was fine because our suggestion was to make the Pope’s visit to the Philippines a priority,” he said.

The IEC would now be held four months earlier, on January 25-31, Palma said. He urged the faithful to pray the papal visit would push through.

“We know that the Pope continues to inspire us and his visit will have an enormous impact on our faith and our Christian life,” he said.

Held every four years, the International Eucharistic Congress 2016 in Cebu is the 51st gathering that will have for its theme, “Christ in You: Our Hope of Glory.”

The event is expected to draw thousands of participants – the laity and Church officials – from all over the world.

The last time the Philippines was visited by a pope was in January 1995 when the late Pope John Paul II attended World Youth Day celebrations in Manila.

During the event’s closing Mass, at least four million Catholics flocked to Rizal Park, making it the biggest crowd to attend a papal event in history.

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  • cronosinside

    Whenever there is any news on catholics, “child molester” will immediately come to my mind.. Pity those innocent childs…

    • rlo

      Even I don’t subscribe to generalization. I’m an atheist, left Catholicism a long time ago, not for any hints of abuses but just because I don’t find relevance in God anymore. But to lump all of priesthood into that category is just wrong. There are plenty more good people there. It’s just that the institution of Catholicism is more visible and prevalent. I do think that among other religious groups there are just the same abuses even much more, only that who would be interested in a 1000 member church scandal or others who can more easily sweep it under the rug. The RCC is a pretty juicy target with it bureaucracy.

      • cronosinside

        Plssss.. Vatican hv blocked and will try to block any legal action against those molester.. Even until now vatican hv yet to acknowledge any of these wrongdoings nor charging them in court…
        Secondly, Would u be proud to say what u said just just now if u were the molested child? Would u be proud ?
        On another note, u r rite, catholics r comparatively the same with other “abused” religion…

      • rlo

        So I’m now assuming you’re one of the molested children? You don’t have to be a Catholic to be abused. How many school teachers abused their students?

      • cronosinside

        So now m assuming u r a psychopath molestor.. N again u r comparing catholics against another psychopath.. Yeah catholics is as good as another paychopath..

      • rlo

        So….if you’re so enraged about this why don’t you hack and stab all those priests you see. It’s all arbitrary.

      • cronosinside

        So.. u r a psychopath as i thought

  • NYPinoy

    Why not? The Philippines should not be ignored by the Vatican. The country has the third largest population of Catholics in the world, Brazil and Mexico are the top two. The Philippines also have the most loyal Catholic population; Mexico has a very strong anti-clerical sentiment from the Revolutions of 1860 and 1910 and the Constitution of 1917. Brazil has the world largest population growth of Evangelicals, siphoning them off from Catholicism.

    I would be more surprised if the Vatican continue to ignore Philippine Catholics, in terms of visits or in granting sainthoods and cardinalates. Come on.

    • Diepor

      Loyal because they are brought up to say they are so religious. Do most people study the bible so they know what they belive, NO they dont. They think religion is about candels in front of their cheap saint dolls.

  • UrHONOR

    DAIG pa ang mga comets, ano po. Sa 2026 na lang para sigurado na si Pang. Nancy Binay ang sasalubong sa kanya kasama si Bise Isko Moreno. :)

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Ang galíng talagá ni UrDISHONOR sa cagaguhan, LOL!

      • MATONeeta

        walang kumakagat sa bait mo pepita

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Meron… icáo, ¡hahaha! =)

  • jpeter262

    He may be able to make fire come down from heaven by then.

  • UrHONOR

    NAIISIP ni Francis na pagsasabihan nya ang lahat ng mga baklang naka-sayang puti at yong kanilang mga pundillo na happy ang gay din na NAKAKASIRA sila sa samahan lalo na yong mga transvestite at mukhang bebot sa lahat ng aspeto…pagsasalita, itsura, galaw, paqkikitungo sa madla, etc. Madali namang makita sa isang spot lamang.

    Magaling itong si Francis dahil wala siyang pasensya sa mga WATIWAT at ALANGANIN na tulad dito sa forum na ito ay naglipana, kaliwa’t kanan, sa harapan at likuran. Masdan nalamang ninyo ang mga itsura at pigura….tiyak na hindi kayo magkakamali sa pagtasa ng mga TNL na mga bayot na ‘to na malaking pabaigat sa lipunan ng bayan! :)

  • Diepor

    Do most people study the bible so they know what they belive, NO they dont. They think religion is about candels in front of their cheap saint dolls.

  • Steven Zahl

    Of course the pope will visit us.

    We send him Billions every year.

    Church fooling the Pinoys since 1521.

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