MANILA - Pope Francis will finally arrive in the Philippines for the first time on January 15, 2015, a Catholic News Agency report said.
Msgr. Nevin Perera said Pope Francis will arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 13 and then leave for Manila on January 15.
The Pope earlier expressed his intention to visit the Philippines to personally condole with thousands of survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
He prayed for the Philippines during his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader.
Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, also visited typhoon survivors in Tacloban on Christmas Day last year.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said one of the purposes of the papal visit is to “come close to the people” who suffered from the typhoon in November 2013 and the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in October 2013.
Palo Archbishop John Du earlier said typhoon survivors in Leyte await the pope’s visit and anticipate eagerly what is expected to be a historic visit early next year.
“The pope’s visit is another big blessing. We are happy for the blessing that come to us– the pope is coming, the people’s solidarity and the overwhelming generosity of the people,” Du said. (With a report from CBCPNews; ABS-CBNnews.com)