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On Saturday, January 17, Pope Francis met with Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Families at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of our Lord in Palo, Leyte. Below you can the full text of the Holy Father’s address, along with Archbishop John Du’s Presentation of the Delegates address. Presentation of the Delegates by Archbishop John Du January 17, ...read more
Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the grounds of the airport in Tacloban City, Philippines, on Saturday morning. An estimated 500 thousand people braved wind and often driving rain to take part in the liturgy. Putting aside his prepared text for the homily, the Holy Father spoke to the gathered faithful in his native Spanish. Below, ...read more
Welcome message of Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Bishop of Antipolo and President of the Episcopal Commission for the Family, during the Encounter of Pope Francis with Filipino families on January 16, 2015. Most Holy Father, Welcome home! This is your home. We are your children and you are our father. The families of the Philippines are ...read more
On Friday, January 16, 2015, Pope Francis arrived at the Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines for Mass with Bishops, Priests and Religious. Before Mass, Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, welcomed Pope Francis to the Philippines. Below you can find the full text of his address, along with the full text of Pope Francis’ homily during ...read more
  On Friday, January 16, Pope Francis me with the Authorities and Diplomatic Corps of Manila in Malacañang Palace. Below you will the full text of his address: Dear Colleagues and Friends, Address of His Holiness Pope Francis Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps Manila, Malacañang Palace January 16, 2015 Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank ...read more
Before departing for Sri Lanka on Monday, Pope Francis delivered his annual address to the diplomatic corps, providing an occasion for reflection on the matter of politics and the Church and more specifically—in light of the recent revelation of Vatican involvement in the easing of USA-Cuba relations—on the Catholic Church’s role in global politics. 2014 ...read more
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Pope Francis attended a Marian Prayer service at the Madhu Shrine in Colombo. Below you can find his full address during the service: Address of His Holiness Pope Francis Marian Prayer Madhu Shrine January 14, 2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are in our Mother’s house.  Here she welcomes us ...read more
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Pope Francis presided over the Canonization Mass of St. Joseph Vaz, Apostole of Sri Lanka, in Colombo. Below you will find the Holy Father’s homily, along with a thank you address by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Canonization Mass of Saint Joseph Vaz ...read more
Shortly after arriving in Sri Lanka, Pope Francis attended an Interreligious and Ecumenical Gathering. Below you will find the Holy Father’s full address during the meeting, along with a welcoming address, given by Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera OSB, chairperson of the Interreligious and Ecumenical Gathering. Dear Colleagues and Friends, Greeting by Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera OSB, ...read more
Upon arrival at the International Airport in Colombo this evening, and after an airline flight of almost ten hours from Rome, the Pope was welcomed by the newly elected President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, along with several government authorities, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, bishops of Sri Lanka, a group ...read more