In about fifty-two days from now, the Philippines will be blessed with the arrival of Pope Francis. His Holiness will be in the country from January 15 to January 19, 2015.
Papal visits to the Philippines do not come as often compared with that of other countries. I am fortunate enough that I have had known of four Papal visits - Pope Paul VI in 1970; Pope John Paul II in 1986 and 1995; Pope Benedict in 2008, and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis in January will be my fifth.
The Philippines is one of the two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia, (the other being East Timor). Catholicism was introduced in the islands by the Spanish missionaries in the early 1600s. To date, more than 80% of the population are Catholics.
The arrival of the Holy See will be a once in a lifetime event for most, so I created an infographic of His itinerary. I am hoping that I would be able to go to my Alma Mater on the 18th, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass.
Our country will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pope Francis. We ask God to grant him a safe journey. We pray that Pope Francis, being the head of the Roman Catholic Church be an inspiration to those who have gone astray to find their way back to God's Grace.
Peace. Hope. Love. Have a blessed Monday everyone.