By Tina G. Santos
Pope Francis will arrive late afternoon of Jan. 15 and will host a luncheon for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” survivors in Tacloban City on Jan. 17. On Jan. 18, he will meet with religious leaders at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) and hold a Mass at Manila’s Rizal Park, before flying back to the Vatican on Jan. 19.
By Rodel Rodis
Filipinos preparing to welcome Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 15, 2015 would do well to be familiar with the Pontiff’s recently enunciated views, which have drawn fire from religious conservatives.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
As expected, 99 percent of some 1,200 Catholics from Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces areas expressed “positive sentiments” about Pope Francis’ scheduled state and pastoral visit to the Philippines next January in a recent survey conducted by the Church-run Radio Veritas.
By Luis H. Francia
The synod convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican has been generating both excitement and anger, with its preliminary report on how to treat gay men and women, couples who cohabit without a Church-sanctioned marriage and are said to be “living in sin,” and those who have divorced.
Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, appointed by the Vatican as Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, will preside at the 7th Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass at the St. Mary’s Cathedral on December 3, at 7:30 p.m.