Archbishop Spiteri had been very much active with pastoral visits to all the dioceses in Sri Lanka since his arrival in 2009.
Commemorating a 394-year-old tradition, Filipino Catholics hold the celebrations on the first Sunday of December, ahead of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.
Villegas, who was particularly moved by the recent disaster, has written a prayer calling on God to spare the Philippines from further disasters.
The new Special Secret Bill binds not only government officials but also civilians from disclosing anything on a matter designated as secret.
The invitation comes in the backdrop recent Christian-Muslim tension in some parts of the country.
The prelate was commenting on the text signed by Pope Francis and delivered to the universal Church at the closing Mass of the Year of Faith.
Father SS Johnpillai, priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the diocese of Trincomalee in Eastern Province said local authorities suppressed news of the attack that took place on Nov. 26.
Cardinal Gracias, also president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), launched the campaign along with Caritas India to raise awareness of the needy living in the city.