Pope Francis to visit Philippines on January 15-19, 2015

Manila, Philippines - Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle confirmed on Tuesday, July 29 that Pope Francis will visit the country on January 15-19, 2015.

Pope Francis to visit Philippines on January 15-19, 2015

In a press conference, Tagle said that further details of the pontiff's visit will be released later this year.

Pope Francis is expected to to meet earthquake and typhoon survivors in the Visayas and Manila including the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST).

The theme of his visit will be "Mercy and Compassion" and he urged the Catholic faithful to do "Corporal Works of Mercy" before the grand event.

Tagle said: "We, who experience an average of 20 to 22 typhoons a year, we can show the world what it means to be pained, to clean up, to stand again, and to face another morning."

Tagle has explained why the pope chose to visit disaster-hit Visayas and he said: "Pope Francis, from day one of his papacy, has wanted to journey with people where they are."

Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government will provide the necessary security and other safety concerns during Pope Francis visit.

Tagle added that the pope's visit will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1995 World Youth Day festivities in Manila.

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