Nuncio wishes papal visit be a spiritual typhoon

While the schedules of the papal visit from 2015 January 15 to 19 will be released later this year, Cardinal Tagle hinted the pope’s desire last year to visit areas ravaged by typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines
Jul 31 2014, 3:49 PM
Nuncio wishes papal visit be a spiritual typhoon
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Left) and Papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto greeting the media.

Papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto said he wants the papal visit to Philippines be an occasion for prayer and spiritual renewal.

“My wish is that this visit be a spiritual typhoon,” Archbishop Pinto said.

In a press conference on 29 July, 2014, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila announced the dates for the papal visit. While the schedules of the papal visit from 2015 January 15 to 19 will be released later this year, Cardinal Tagle hinted the pope’s desire last year to visit areas ravaged by typhoon Haiyan.

“I was a witness by how Pope Francis was affected by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan),” Cardinal Tagle said. “Let us show Pope Francis who we really are as Filipinos.”

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines earlier said that the central theme of the papal visit is “mercy and compassion.”

Cardinal Tagle said that it has been a recurring theme from the symbolic actions of Pope Francis, as he urged Catholics to prepare best for the visit by “returning to the Word of God”.

“Another way is to do works of mercy–the corporal and spiritual works of mercy,” he added.

The papal visit will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 1995 World Youth Day celebration in Manila which was attended by the late Pope John Paul II.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said the government is prepared to provide the necessary security concerns for the historic event.

“We are working closely with the papal visit committee,” said Coloma.

Source: CBCP News