‘Church,’ ‘love,’ ‘you’: Popes’ PH speeches, compared
MANILA, Philippines – Before Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines, INQUIRER.net takes a look at previous papal visits.
Pope Paul VI was the first Pontiff to step on Philippine soil in November 1970. On his first day, he survived an assassination attempt by a Bolivian painter; on his last day, he made his first Asian radio address at the office of Radio Veritas, which was then newly inaugurated.
Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines twice during his 27-year reign. In February 1981, he beatified Lorenzo Ruiz (now a saint) in Manila, the first beatification held outside of Rome. Fourteen years later, John Paul II went back to Manila in January 1995 to celebrate World Youth Day, a gathering that drew a record-breaking 5 million people.
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