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The Pope and the Vatican

Extraordinary Jubilee and The Global Holy Year Of Mercy

The Pope's statements on family - etc.

Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors & Investigation of sexual abuse of minors to face Church judgement.

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

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Pope open to studying ordination of married men as priests
March 10, 2017

Pope Francis said the church must study whether it's possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.

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Duterte writes letter to Pope Francis
January 18, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita

On Wednesday, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) released a photo of Duterte's letter to the Pope, which was carried by Dureza in his trip to Rome, Italy.

Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 26, 2017 - with Video

UPDATED 'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs

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Vatican says Philippine killings 'deeply troubling'
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 09, 2017

The Vatican also voices concern over enforced disappearances as well as human trafficking in the Philippines.

The Roman Catholic church - The Pope and the Vatican

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Roman Catholic Church - The Holy See - The Vatican

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The Two Swords of the Church
These two types of authority by the Church are symbolically represented by the two swords of the Gospel: “So they said, ‘Lord, behold, there are two swords here.’ But he said to them, ‘It is sufficient.’ ” (Lk 22:38). The Church has the authority to teach (doctrine), on matters of faith, morals, and salvation. But the Church also has temporal authority, so that She can make practical decisions (discipline) needed to function as a Church within the world, as a Church whose members on earth are sinners.
Look also Pope Boniface VIII - Unam Sanctam and HERE and


The Vatican City State

Not to be confused with Holy See.
Vatican City, officially Vatican City State a walled enclave within the city of Rome, with an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842, is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

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Embassy of the Holy See (Apostolic Nunciature) in the Philippines

H. E. Archbishop Antonio Franco
Apostolic Nuncio
2140 Taft Avenue
Manila City 1004 Philippines
Tel. No.: (2) 521 0307
Fax No.: (2) 521 1235

Look "Apostolic Nunciature in PH" by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Jan 15, 2015
The Apostolic Nunciature is home to Vatican City's representative – or nuncio
Most countries establish embassies in other countries for diplomatic purposes. But the Vatican City, for its part, installs an apostolic nunciature in select countries.

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Philippine Embassy in Vatican, the Holy See Vatican City
Mercedes Arrastia Tuason, Ambassador
Via Paolo VI, 29
00193 Rome
Holy See (Vatican City)

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The App of the official website of the Holy See - it contains the Papal Magisterium and the institutional information of the Apostolic See.


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Briefer: Papal vesture and insignia

The Use of the Pallium

“The symbolism of the pallium is even more concrete: the lamb's wool is meant to represent the lost, sick or weak sheep which the shepherd places on his shoulders and carries to the waters of life.”

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Imposing the pallium
The Holy See Press Office explaining the new form of the rite for imposing the pallium on metropolitan archbishops, which takes place annually on 29 June, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles.




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The coat of arms for Pope Francis

is nearly identical to the one he used as archbishop, notable for its simplicity. Following in the steps of Benedict XVI, he replaced the triple crown with a triple mitre, symbolizing the Pope's three missions to teach, govern and judge. Behind the mitre are the crossed keys of St. Peter, one gold and one silver, united by a red string. Mar 19, 2013

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Look also the article "FAST FACTS: What Pope Francis wears" by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Jan 14, 2015 - Pope Francis is often described as very simple with his choice of vestments HERE or as pdf HERE

The Story Behind the Pope’s Wooden Crozier- Staff
July 8, 2015

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New Year's resolutions: The Pope Francis list
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Dec 31, 2014

Pope Francis gives us practical advice – from gossip to purchases to marriage

He preaches against gossip, reminds us to finish our meals, and even tells us not to fear marriage.

This is the Pope Francis list.

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church
May 13, 2016

In off-the-cuff remarks, the pontiff promises to examine whether women could enter the Catholic clergy as deacons.

Progressives in the Catholic Church have long argued that women are pitifully under-represented in the hierarchy, despite the number of women in religious orders (700,000) far outweighing the number of priests and monks combined (470,000).

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Back to work:

5 words of wisdom from the Pope
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Jan 04, 2015

Filipinos go back to work on Monday, January 5, after a long Christmas and New Year break filled with family reunions, parties, food, and sleep – lots of sleep.
Feeling lazy? Unmotivated? 5 quotes compiled from Pope Francis as we return to the office after the holidays.

Pope Francis Thinks You Spend Too Much Time On Facebook
Social network “friends” aren’t real friends, says the pontiff.
by/Ryan J. Reilly Updated Sep 27, 2015

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Pope Francis will not join Facebook and The Reason Pope Francis Won’t Join Facebook

Pope Francis on Twitter

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Pope Francis on Instagram and the Video Mar 21, 2016 “Franciscus” has over a ½million followers on Instagram


Pope Francis: Uncommon in championing the common man

A 'dark horse' in the conclave, Pope Francis rises to the papacy, takes up causes for the common man, and sometimes even breaks protocols.


Dec 22, 2014



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The Holy See - The Vatican

The Pontifical Anthem or Papal Anthem
is the official anthem of the Pope, the Holy See and the Vatican City State. It is played at solemn occasions of the State and ceremonies in which the Pope or one of his representatives, such as a nuncio, is present. When the Vatican's flag is ceremonially raised, only the first eight bars are played.

Read much more about The Pontifical Anthem HERE
Conclave - Pope Francis I "The first days for the Pope untill - incl. 2013-03-17"
How to contact Pope Francis?
Apr 30, 2016
Laudato si'
The Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father Pope Francis - Laudato si' - Praise Be to You - is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle "On the care for our common home". In it, the Pope criticises consumerism and irresponsible development, and calls for "swift and unified global action" to combat environmental degradation and climate change

and in a sub-album: Understanding Laudato Si by/DanHoranOFM

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His Holiness Pope Francis meets with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia 2016.02.12.
in Cuba, where the Pope makes a stop on his way to Mexico, and where the Patriarch is on an official visit. The meeting includes a personal conversation at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, and concludes with the signing of a joint declaration.

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Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican and Visit the Pope at the Apostolic Palace

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Pope Benedict XVI: A Living Church in the Philippines

Urbi et Orbi

"to the City of Rome and to the World" denotes a papal address and Apostolic Blessing given to the City of Rome and to the entire world on certain occasions.

The Urbi et Orbi address and blessing are given each Easter and Christmas from the central loggia of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, at noontime and are broadcast worldwide.
Since 1985, this indulgence is granted not only to the people in Saint Peter's Square but also to those who, though unable to be physically present, "piously follow" it by radio or television.


What is a Synod? The basics

An explanation of the 2014 Synod, it's process and structure.

The 2014 Synod of Bishops (October 5-19) focus on the Pastoral Challenges faced by Families all over the world. Oct 5, 2014

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Pope Francis sends Filipinos video messages
Pope to PH: Don't get tired of mercy

Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle appeal for mercy

The biggest event in the Philippine Catholic Church this year (2013) ends on a historic note – with a message from Pope Francis.

Paterno Esmaquel reports. Look the script of the video report as pdf HERE

Watch Rappler's video "Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle appeal for mercy" on the link or in the above sub-album "Pope Francis sends Filipinos video messages"

Pope thanks Filipinos by sending telegram to Aquino

POPE Francis has extended his gratitude to the Philippines for the warm welcome to him during his visit in the country.

This was contained in a telegram that the Pope sent to President Benigno Aquino III upon his departure in the Philippines on January 19.

"As I depart from the Philippines, I extend to you, the government and all the people of the nation my heartfelt gratitude for your warm welcome and every kindness shown to me during my visit," said the Pontiff

Look also the article 'I have special admiration for Filipinos' - Pope Francis
by/Rappler October 25, 2015

1 JANUARY 2015


Look also the article Pope to shoppers: Don't buy products made by modern-day slaves
by/Agence France-Presse Dec 11, 2014

His message, by the Vatican on Wednesday, December 10, slams "the growing scourge of man's exploitation by man," an "abominable phenomenon" covering everything from forced prostitution to child soldiers and slave labour in factories.
"I think also of persons forced into prostitution, many of whom are minors, as well as male and female sex slaves... (of) women forced into marriage, those sold for arranged marriages and those bequeathed to relatives of deceased husbands," he says.
According to the 2014 Global Slavery index, last month, nearly 36 million men, women and children are trapped in modern-day slavery, the definition of which ranges from forced marriages to people coerced into prostitution, fighting wars or manual labour like picking cotton.

Pope hits ‘diseases’ of Vatican - Pope attacks Vatican plagued by ills
Agence France-Presse Dec 22, 2014

Pope Francis criticized the Vatican bureaucracy, saying it was riven with “existential schizophrenia,” “social exhibitionism,” “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power. All these have led to an “orchestra that plays out of tune.” He also warned against greed, egoism and people who suffer from the “disease of feeling immortal or indispensable.”

There was silence at the end of the Pope’s speech.

Look the video "Pope Francis blasts Vatican bureaucracy" HERE

Tinatapos na ang ilang detalye para sa pagbisita ni Pope Francis sa Enero. Todo-ensayo na rin ang mga batang kakanta at sasalubong sa Santo Papa. Pero bago ang pagbisita sa Pilipinas, kinastigo muna ni Pope Francis ang bumubuo sa Vatican bureaucracy. I-Bandila mo, Abner Mercado. Bandila, Disyembre 23, 2014, Martes

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Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived 'in sin'

In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asks to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.

A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, September 14 2014.

In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.

In 2 years, Pope gives plum posts to Filipinos
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Mar 14, 2015

Pope Francis marks his second anniversary in office with more Filipino appointees – proof of his focus on the world's 'peripheries'


Presentation of the 2015 Lenten Message 2015.01.27

Press Conference for the Pope's Lenten Message. Theme: "stablish your hearts"

Streamed live on Jan 27, 2015

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Pope Francis to send envoy to Cebu in 2016
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Jul 14, 2015
Filipino bishops won't insist on inviting Pope Francis because they want to 'give other countries a chance' to see the pontiff.
Pope Francis will send a special representative to Cebu, the Philippines' second biggest city, as the pontiff will be skipping one of the biggest Catholic events to be held there in January 2016
Pope Francis Private Audience - President Benigno Aquino III at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican

Pope Francis asks Filipinos to pray for him

'Pag kaharap natin ang Papa ay humihingi tayo ng bendisyon, humihiling tayo na ipagdasal tayo. Pero siya, ‘yon lang ang kaisa-isang mensahe sa atin, na ipagdasal natin siya,' President Aquino says
It seemed like an odd request from someone who is always being sought for prayers and a special blessing: Pope Francis asked President Benigno Aquino III, and all Filipinos, to pray for him.
The Pope made the request to Aquino and all other members of his official delegation, when they met with him at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on Friday, December 4.

Pope Francis, Aquino exchange tokens at Vatican
POPE FRANCIS on Friday gave President Aquino a bronze sculpture of an olive branch holding two halves of a cleft rock, which symbolizes peace and unity, as well as a copy of his encyclical on the environment, Laudate Si.
December 05, 2015

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Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao
by/Paterno Esmaquel II December 05, 2015

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can 'guarantee stable and lasting peace' in the southern Philippines

Extraordinary Jubilee, The Global Holy Year Of Mercy

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From the Vatican, 1 September 2015

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E.g. extract:
"I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfil this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence."

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"Pope to allow priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year"
Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year. Mana Rabiee reports. Sep 1, 2015

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Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

The Argentine pontiff says he was 'well aware of the pressure' that some women are under to abort. September 01, 2015
On abortion, the Pope, priests should not dictate on women
by/Fritzie Rodriguez September 04, 2015
Calling abortion a sin does not help solve anything, and most definitely, giving priests the power to 'absolve' women does absolutely nothing!
CBCP on Pope's decision: Abortion remains wrong
by/Paterno Esmaquel II September 03, 2015
Still, a Filipino archbishop says Pope Francis, through a recent decision, wants to show that ‘the mercy of God is bigger than the sin of abortion’
Pope Francis announced earlier this year a Jubilee year – Holy year traditionally a time for remission and forgiveness – which will run from December 8 to November 20, 2016 and be celebrated not only in the Vatican but in dioceses across the world. - Look the below links

Pope Francis extends Catholic priests' right to forgive abortion
By Tim Hume, Cristiana Moisescu and Lindsay Isaac November 21, 2016

Pope Francis has extended the powers of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter "MISERICORDIA ET MISERA" released Monday.

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It continues a special dispensation granted last year for the duration of the Year of Mercy, which finished Sunday.
"I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father," the letter states.
"May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation," the letter continues.
"I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion."
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2016.11.21 Pope: Abortion is forgivable

Conclusion of the Jubilee and about the Misericordia et Misera

Pope Francis, Extraordinary Jubilee & The Global Holy Year Of Mercy

June 13, 2015

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Inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy -2015.12.08

Pope Francis presides at Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Opening of the Holy Door for the inauguration of the Holy Year of Mercy. Streamed live on Dec 8, 2015

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The Pope's statements on family - etc.

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Important to read - APR 08, 2016

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Presentation of the Exhortation Amoris Laetitia - 2016.04.08
Press conference on the Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis "Amoris Laetitia" on Love in the Family.
Pope Francis is calling for a compassionate Church open to "imperfect" Catholics in his much-awaited document on family and marriage, called "Amoris Laetitia," (The Joy of Love). Nathan Frandino reports.
Card. Schönborn: “Amoris Laetitia” is not a rupture, it is a development of doctrine
“No one can be condemned forever,” is stated in the papal document referring also to the divorced.
Pope's treatise on marriage and family welcomed
Visitors and experts say they welcome the pope's treatise on marriage and the family that calls for a less strict and more compassionate Catholic Church. Nathan Frandino reports.
Seven curiosities about Amoris Laetitia, the Pope's document on the family
April 8, 2016. There are proposals for Valentine's Day, for dads and leisure.
The Pope encourages the integration of the divorced in the Church
Apr 8, 2016
"The Joy of Love"
by/Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM explores the introduction to Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia."
Updated April 14, 2016

Q and A: 'Will I go to hell if I use contraceptives?'
by/Paterno Esmaquel II

Feb 07, 2015

The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines explains the Pope's statements on family planning while he was in the Philippines

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"Pope Francis and contraception: A Filipino bishop's view"

Q and A: 'Will I go to hell if I use contraceptives?' Rappler sits down with the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines or CBCP to discuss Pope Francis' stance on birth control. Feb 7, 2015.

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'Online sexual violence harming children' – Pope
by Agence France-Presse October 06, 2017

In a speech about protecting the dignity of children in the internet era, Francis warns of the spread of extreme pornography, sexting, and online bullying as well as sexual exploitation, trafficking and the live-streaming of rape and violence against children.


Pope: remarried Catholics "will always be part of the Church.''

Pope Francis tells worshipers that those who remarry after a failed marriage should not be excommunicated, says "they still belong to the church." Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Aug 5, 2015

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'Living in sin,' returning to the sacraments
by/Ludy Ongkeko Astraquillo, The FilAm August 13, 2015
Should divorced Catholics who remarry be allowed to receive communion?
“Divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church.”
Pope Francis said this himself as he warned pastors against treating those couples as though they were excommunicated.

Pope Francis reforms Church law in marital nullity trials!

SEP 08, 2015

According to the prefatory remarks attached to both Letters, the reforms are the result of an expert group appointed to study the current state of law and practice in the Church as far as marriage law is concerned.

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Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio Mitis et misericors Iesus, on the reform of canonical procedure for the annulment of marriage in the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches

Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, on the reform of canonical procedure for the annulment of marriage in the Code of Canon Law

Look also the article "Pope makes it easier for Catholics to annul marriages"
The Pope's letter follows a year-long review by Vatican experts! September 09, 2015

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2015.09.08 Presentation of the reform of the nullity of marriage

CBCP supports Pope's reforms on marriage annulment

Couples who want to have an annulment will no longer have to wait years to get the permission from the Catholic Church. - ANC, The World Tonight, September 9, 2015


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Pope Warns Against Marrying Muslims

Testimonies of Brutal Domestic Abuse  - Cerab's Story

The video is in German language but it has English subtext

Couragious and confrontative German newsreport on the muslim abuse of women.

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Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors & Investigation of sexual abuse of minors to face Church judgement

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Statutes of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of minors

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Pope names Filipino to Vatican's child protection body
Dec 18, 2014

Dr Gabriel Dy-Liacco from the Philippines joins 7 new members of the Commission for the Protection of Minors

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Pope names new members of child protection commission
Dec 17, 2014

Bishops who cover up sex abuse to face Church judgement
by/Agence France-Presse Updated Jun 10, 2015
Pope Francis approves a recommendation from his newly-created panel on clerical sex abuse to create a tribunal with powers to judge bishops who cover up such crimes.

Cebu church probing priest accused of child abuse
by/Dale G. Israel July 19, 2015
The Catholic Church in Cebu says it began its investigation as soon as a police report was filed involving a local parish priest and two female minors.

Pope: Church must rid itself of the scourge of child sexual abuse
The Vatican, 2 February 2015
Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to ask for their complete co-operation with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, in order to insure that everything possible is done to rid the Church of "the scourge" of the sexual abuse of children

Look the letter in English as pdf HERE

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

with these sections:

Book documenting Pope Francis’ PH visit

Papal Visit Philippines 2015


January 15 - 19

'Book of Thanks'

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CBCP launches book documenting Pope Francis’ PH visit

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has launched the official the 160-page book “I am here to be with you,” which documents the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines from January 15-19.
“The best documentation of the Papal visit is the one hundred million Filipinos touched by Pope Francis,” Villegas said in his message before Catholic devotees.

The book will be exclusively distributed by Goodwill Bookstore and the Catholic Book Center for P1,200.


''Pope Francis at UST, Bridging Christ in the Youth'' ang titulo ng coffee table book na inilabas ng University of Santos Tomas. Tungkol ito sa pagbisita ng Santo Papa sa ating bansa. Jun 21, 2015

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

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Declared holidays for Pope Francis’ visit

Proclamation 936 declared January 15, 16 and 19 2015 as holidays

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CBCP News special coverage on the Papal Visit to the Philippines

with many good informations and videos

Papal Visit Philippines 2015

Papal Visit 2015 FAQ
Dec 23, 2014
Aquino is Filipinos' spokesman in Pope meeting – Palace
by/Katerina Francisco 4:00 PM, Dec 29, 2014

As head of state of Vatican City, Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines is both an apostolic visit and a state visit.

The Argentine pontiff's papal visit from January 15 to 19 is both an apostolic and a state visit, as Francis also stands as the head of state of Vatican City.

Papal chair, altar table to have 'Filipino touch'
by/Katerina Francisco Jan 06, 2015

The designs are intended to reflect the Filipino character, says Fr Alex Bautista
Five days won't be enough for Pope Francis to see all that the Philippines' 7,107 islands have to offer – so on his first visit to the Southeast Asian country on January 15, organizers of his papal visit will bring the elements of the Philippines to him.
The altar table, chair, and linen cloth that the Pope will be using for his Masses will bear images such as the Philippines' national leaf anahaw to give them a Filipino touch, according to Fr Alex Bautista of the Diocese of Tarlac in a press briefing on Monday, January 5.

Papal Visit Logo


Papal visit logo reflects solidarity with victims of recent PHL calamities

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Vatican release:

Pope's Philippine schedule itinerary

Look also Pope's Philippine trip 'both state and pastoral visit'
Pope Francis will hold bilateral talks with the Philippine President as part of the state visit, reflecting 'the highest level of hospitality, honor, and formality' HERE

Both by/Paterno Esmaquel II - Nov 14 & 15, 2014


Papal Visit 2015 Itinerary
Nov 30, 2014

Manila releases official itinerary of Pope Francis for January 15-19, 2015 visit

Nov 14, 2014

Vatican decides Pope's Masses in PH will be in English
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Jan 03, 2015

While Pope Francis admits he has 'poor English,' the Vatican junks the previous plan to use Latin in his Masses in the Philippines. He will instead 'speak our language' in Masses in Tacloban and Luneta.
The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, confirmed this on Saturday, January 3.
“The Pope wants to reach as many and be understood by many more,” Villegas told Rappler. “English is not the Pope's mother tongue, but he is trying very hard to speak our language.”


Mang Ramon, Saint Pio's devotee

Ramon Rodriguez is one of the chosen few to serve as a lay minister in the upcoming papal mass of Pope Francis in Quirino Grandstand on the 18th. He is a devout Catholic and a pious devotee of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

Jan 8, 2015

Aquino on papal visit: Don’t let PH be remembered for tragedy
by/Natashya Gutierrez Jan 12, 2015

Look also the video "PNoy's Message & Press Conf. on the preparations for the Visit of Pope Francis, 12 Jan. 2015"

Look the full text of the "message" as pdf HERE


Gentle Reminders for the Papal Visit PH 2015
Dec 17, 2014

Vatican reminds PH: Keep Papal visit modest

Few days from now Pope Francis will now visit the country. Vatican reminds about the wish of the Pope to make his welcoming celebration simple. Jan 8, 2015

Pope to go around Luneta to greet crowds January 18
by/Katerina Francisco Jan 06, 2015

Around 1.2 million people are expected to crowd Rizal Park during the papal mass on January 18, but the number could swell up to 5 million

Pope forgoes bulletproof popemobile for PH visit

Pope Francis will forego the bulletproof popemobile for his upcoming trip to the Philippines in January next year, a church official said Tuesday.
Fr. David Concepcion, of the Papal Visit 2015 executive committee, said Pope Francis will ride in the same car he uses when cruising around St. Peter's Square, except for its roof.
He said the Pope requested that the car must have no windows and doors and not bulletproof "so that he can interact more with Filipino faithful."

3 popemobiles for Pope Francis' PH visit

by/Katerina Francisco and Jee Y. Geronimo Jan 12, 2015

A jeepney-style popemobile, a Kia vehicle, and an Isuzu vehicle will be used by Pope Francis for his Philippine visit

Three vehicles are being prepared by organizers for the visit of Pope Francis this week, a church official confirmed Monday, January 12.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, a member of the papal visit committee, said that one jeepney-style vehicle, one Isuzu vehicle, and one Kia car will be used for the papal visit

Look also the article What's a jeepney? Pope likes what his ride symbolizes Cardinal Antonio Luis Tagle says he explained to the Pope what the jeepney symbolizes: 'It's the one used by common people'
Jan 18, 2015

and the Video "Pope Francis in jeepney-inspired popemobile" HERE

Remark this is one of the albums in the album "JEEPNEYS" & Jeepney arts"

National Prayer for Papal Visit Philippines 2015

in both Tagalog and English

Darasalin bago ang Panghuling Panalangin sa bawat Misa mula Agosto 1, 2014 hanggang Enero 14, 2015

To be Prayed Before the Post Communion Prayer of Every Mass from August 1 until January 14, 2015

Look the prayer in English as pptx HERE

Look also the VIDEO with the Prayer in English


We Are All God's Children ACTION VIDEO

Official Theme Song for the 2015 Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.
Jun 24, 2014


Meet the choreograper of 'We Are All God's Children'
Jan 5, 2015


Lyrics written ang sung by Jamie Rivera with The Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir.
Music composed and arranged by Noel Espenida
Choreography by Landa Juan
Action performed by Ligaya Ng Panginoon Community Youth
Video by Dix Perez
by Star Songs, Inc.

Remark this is an album in the album "Organs, Music & Choirs - For different occasions etc."


Leyte's local theme song for Papal visit

The theme song - a combination of both English and vernacular dialect - was composed by Fr. Kim Margallo of Saints Peter and Paul parish based in Ormoc City. Pope Francis will visit Leyte on January 17. Jan 11, 2015

Remark this is an album in the album "Organs, Music & Choirs - For different occasions etc."


Pope visits mark PH milestones

Three popes' visits to the Philippines have coincided with milestones in the country's history.

Oct 17, 2014


What the Pope will see

Pope Francis will go to Leyte and Tacloban City to meet with the Yolanda survivors when he visits the Philippines in January next year. Their plight has touched his heart and sense of compassion. But what will he see when he gets there? Jeff Canoy tells us more. Nov 7, 2014


What Philippine cathedrals Pope Francis will visit

Sa pagpunta ni Pope Francis sa Pilipinas ngayong Enero, dalawang simbahan ang nakatakda niyang bisitahin. Alamin ang kwento ng mga simbahan na sasadyain ng Santo Papa. Jan 2, 2015

Remark this is an album "What the Pope will see" with sub-albums


Who Pope Francis will meet in the Philippines

Mismong si Pope Francis ang namili ng mga sektor na gusto niyang maka-dayalogo sa kanyang pagbisita sa bansa.

Nov 28, 2014


Why does #PopeFrancisPH visit matter?
Streamed live on Jan 6, 2015

Hear the thoughts of these guests during the Hangouts:
Jayeel Cornelio, a sociologist of religion and a professor at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Gretchen Ho, an advocate for the Catholic faith and a volleyball player.
Marguerite de Leon, Rappler's Social Media Producer and an atheist.
Linus Van Plata, an advocate for the Christian faith and a Policy Researcher for the Presidential Commission on Visiting Forces.
Robert Roa, an advocate for the Catholic faith and a Jesuit Volunteer.


Pope Francis in Leyte: What to expect
Voltaire Tupaz files this video blog about what to expect when the Pope visits the predominantly Catholic province devastated by typhoons Yolanda (Haiyan) and Ruby (Hagupit)

Dec 28, 2014

Look also the article #PopeFrancisPH in Leyte: What to expect Dec 29, 2014


Fr. Chris Arthur H. Militante on Pope Francis visit to Palo, Leyte

Fr. Chris Arthur H. Militante, information and social communications officer of the Archdiocese of Palo, on Pope Francis' visit to Palo and Tacloban City in Leyte, Philippines.

Nov 10, 2014

 Pope Francis to pray before Yolanda mass grave

Pope Francis will pray before the mass grave for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors in Palo, Leyte, on January 17, 2015, the Catholic Church said.
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Dec 16, 2014

In an interview with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news service, Msgr Bernie Pantin, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Palo, said Francis will say “private prayers” there before he leaves Leyte

Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH
by/Katerina Francisco Nov 20, 2014

Pope Francis prefers that donations be given instead to calamity victims, says Fr Anton Pascual, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair

Look also the article 1,200 Filipino youth to greet Pope in PH visit by/Katerina Francisco Nov 29, 2014

Pope: I shouldn't be the focus of my Philippine trip
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Dec 03, 2014

Quoted by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Pope Francis echoes an earlier message:

'From now on enough of Francis, just Jesus'!

Only 2,000 attendees for Pope Francis' Manila Cathedral mass
by/Katerina Francisco Dec 02, 2014

Only 2,000 priests, bishops, and religious persons will be allowed to enter the Manila Cathedral, where Pope Francis will hold his first mass in the Philippines, on January 16, 2015.

When the Pope visits, it will be different from 1995

1995, 2015 papal visits: What's the same, different

by/Natashya Gutierrez Dec 26, 2014 - Updated Dec 27, 2014

Philippine Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr, who organized both trips, compares the 1995 and 2015 papal visits.


Pope Francis - The Church's 'brand ambassador' reaching out to the youth

At a time when technology competes strongly for the youth's attention, Pope Francis serves as the Catholic Church's most famous brand ambassador through his drawing powers that has many youngsters idolizing him and following his teachings in social media. Nov 28, 2014

Pope Francis to meet Muslim, Buddhist etc. religious leaders in PH
by/Agence France-Presse Dec 22, 2014

Pope Francis is holding 10-15-minute dialogues with Muslim and Buddhist leaders on January 18 when he visits the Philippines. He will meet with the dean of the country’s largest Islamic Studies Center, a Taiwan-based Buddhist leader, the Hong Kong-based regional head of the Greek Orthodox Church, a Hindu leader, Protestant bishops, and a Manila-based rabbi. This is meant to push a message of tolerance to combat global religious conflicts. Fr Carlos Reyes, a member of the committee organizing the Pope’s visit said, “The church is Catholic, it is universal, we are in dialogue with the world.”

Look also the article "Pope to sit down with 10 religious leaders" HERE


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How Pope Francis spoke to the deaf
by/David Lozada Jan 25

Sign language interpreters for the deaf played a crucial role in telling the world of Pope Francis' message for the young, the old, and those with disabilities

Behind the scenes: The Pope most Filipinos didn't see
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Feb 01, 2015

Days after Pope Francis left the Philippines, anecdotes from different people, who met him privately, revealed the person he is when the cameras stop rolling.

'There is no difference between how he is in public and how he is in private,' the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines tells Rappler

Who is Francis behind the scenes?

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PAPAL VISIT | PhilPost issuing special Pope Francis stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation will commemorate the Philippines – Vatican City 2014 Joint Issue featuring 2nd year of Pontification of Pope Francis.

Look the video "PhilPost opens papal stamp exhibit"
Bukas na sa publiko ang papal stamp exhibit ng PhilPost tampok ang mga selyo ng mga nakaraang santo papa na dumalaw sa bansa. May nanalo na ring disenyo para sa Pope Francis stamp. Nov 10, 2014

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - BSP announced 12.19.2014 the minting by the BSP of 50-piso and 500-piso commemorative coins in time for the Papal visit in January next year.
PH stars featured in Pope Francis painting

Days before Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines, a painting of him along with some of local showbiz’s personalities was unveiled by visual artist Dante Hipolito.

Jan 11, 2015

Look MUCH more about Dante Hipolito and his paintings in the section "Painters" HERE


The Philippines that Francis saw rom January 15 to 19, 2015

What did Filipinos tell the Pope through their words, songs and their sheer numbers? What images of the Philippines are forever etched in his memories?
In this 15-minute documentary, Rappler presents the Philippines that Francis saw during his state and pastoral visit from January 15 to 19, 2015. Jan 26, 2015

Remark this is an album "The Philippines that Francis saw"

Look also the article HERE and each day below


After Pope Francis’ visit, former street kids find homes in their hearts
Glyzelle Palomar and Jun Chura used to be abandoned children. Who would've thought that they would be given the chance to meet the Pope? Jan 18, 2016

Remark this is an album in the album "TNK, "Tulay ng Kabataan" Foundation" in the album "Organizations working for children in the Philippines"

January 15 - 19

Remark ALL videos in this section are in the albums about the different dates in "Pope visits the Philippines JAN 2015"

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Papal visit briefing by PCOO Sec. Sonny Coloma

Streamed live on Jan 15, 2015


Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines

Pope in Philippines - Arrival at Manila Airport - 2015.01.15

#PopeFrancisPH: Pope Francis arrives in Manila

Filipinos gets the first glimpse of Pope Francis

Pope Francis arrives at residence

Papal Visit Presscon Day 1

6 videos in the album


Cardinal Tagle's speech to the Pope

Pope Francis visits Malacañang

PNoy and Pope Francis' Messages during a General Audience with Pope Francis,16 Jan 2015

Pope in Philippines - Meeting with the Diplomatic Corps - 2015.01.16

Mass in Manila Cathedral

Pope Francis visits families at MOA - Mall of Asia

Day 2 Press Conference

7 videos in the album


The papal route to Villamor Airbase

Pope Francis holds Mass in Tacloban

Pope Francis in Tacloban, Palo

Pope Francis' homily in Tacloban

Remark: Look the full text – in both English and Spanish – of Pope Francis' impromptu homily, as delivered during the Holy Mass at the Tacloban airport, Saturday, January 17. Meanwhile, here is the prepared – and undelivered – homily HERE

Papal route and presscon in Manila

Day 3 Press Conference in Manila

6 videos in the album

Pope Francis apologized

“for any impatience” he showed during his trip to typhoon-hit Leyte, and said he is “deeply saddened” that a storm forced him to cut his visit short.


Labor of love: The altar for the Luneta mass

Jan 17, 2015

Remark this is an album in the album "January 18"

Look also the article and video Media Briefing: LUNETA MASS January 18, 2015


Mass at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park, Manila,

celebrated by Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines. January 18, 2015


Pope Francis visits UST

Watch Pope Francis' visit to the University of Santo Tomas


Pope in Philippines - Meeting with the Youth - 2015.01.18

Pope Francis meets with the Youth at the Sports Field of the University of Santo Tomas


Day 4 Press Conference

Pope Francis leaves Manila

Pope Francis waves goodbye to the Philippines


Day 5 Press Conference

'Book of Thanks'

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'Book of Thanks' naipaabot na kay Pope Francis

Kapamilya, kasama ba kayo sa nagbigay ng mensahe kay Pope Francis gamit ang social media hashtag #PopeTYSM (Thank You sa Malasakit - TYSM)? Naipaabot na po sa Santo Papa ang inyong mga mensahe sa pamamagitan ng ating "Book of Thanks." Feb 5, 2015


It's Showtime hosts read messages from our fellow Pinoys from #PopeTYSM. Jan 17, 2015

Masses, messages and Blessings -  more examples

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 The Holy See - The Vatican


Midnight Mass of Christmas in the Vatican Basilica - 2014.12.24

Midnight Mass of Christmas 2015.12.24

Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord.

Look more HERE


Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi blessing - 2014.12.25 and 2015.12.25

Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas message and the Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi" to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square and to those listening to him on radio and television.

Look also the article "Pope Francis: 'So many tears this Christmas'"
by/Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere, Agence France-Presse 8:19 PM, Dec 25, 2014 Updated 8:08 AM, Dec 26, 2014

UPDATED In his annual Christmas 'urbi et orbi' message, Pope Francis calls for an end to 'brutal' religious persecution, killings and hostage-takings, as well as violence against children


Way of the Cross - 2015.04.03
Way of the Cross 2016.03.25
1 sub-album with English subtext
The Holy Father presides over the Way of the Cross of Good Friday

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2015.05.24 Mass of Pentecost

Pope Francis presides at Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost


Easter Mass - 2015.04.05

The Holy Father presides over the Holy Mass of Easter Day. Streamed live on Apr 5, 2015


Palm Sunday celebration and Angelus - 2015.03.29

Blessing of the palms and olive branches, Procession and Palm Sunday Mass presided by Pope Francis. At the end of the Mass, the Pope recites the Angelus prayer with the pilgrims.


Penitential Celebration - 2015.03.13

Pope Francis presides at Penitential Celebration. Streamed live on Mar 13, 2015


Procession and Celebration of Ash Wednesday - 2015.02.18

Pope Francis presides at the rites for Ash Wednesday with the Statio and penitential procession, then Holy Mass, with the distribution of the Ashes, the beginning of Lent.


 2015.12.31 Celebration of the Vespers and the Te Deum

Pope Francis presides over the First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and the "Te Deum" hymn in thanksgiving for the past year.


2016.01.01 Holy Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Pope Francis presides at Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Holy Mother of God and 49th World Day of Peace.


2016.01.06 Holy Mass for the Epiphany

The Holy Father celebrates Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord.

Friday, 4 March 2016 Pope Francis leads Penitential Celebration at Saint Peter’s Basilica
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
“I want to see again” (Mk 10:51). This is what we ask of the Lord today. To see again, because our sins have made us lose sight of all that is good, and have robbed us of the beauty of our calling, leading us instead far away from our journey's end.

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2016.03.20 Palm Sunday celebration

Blessing of the palms and olive branches, Procession and Palm Sunday Mass presided over by Pope Francis followed by the Angelus.


2016.03.27 Easter Mass

The Holy Father presides over the Holy Mass of Easter Day


Easter message and Urbi et Orbi blessing of the Holy Father


2016.05.15 - Mass of Pentecost

Pope Francis presides at Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost


2016.11.20 Holy Mass closing the Jubilee of Mercy

Pope Francis presides over Mass on the solemnity of Christ the King, with the closing of the Holy Door which concludes the Holy Year of Mercy


2016.11.20 Pope shuts Holy Door after jubilee of hope for sinners
Pope Francis brings to a close the Catholic Church's "Year of Mercy," shutting the Holy Door at Saint Peter's


2016.12.24 Midnight Mass of Christmas

Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord.

Remark 2 versions, one with English translation


2016.12.25 Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi blessing

Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas message and the Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi" to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square and to those listening to him on radio and television.

Remark 2 versions, one with English translation

Look the full text HERE


2016.12.31 Celebration of the Vespers and the Te Deum

Pope Francis presides over the First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and the "Te Deum" hymn in thanksgiving for the past year


2017.01.01 Holy Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Pope Francis presides at Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Holy Mother of God and 49th World Day of Peace.


The Pope Video 01 JANUARY 2017 Christian Unity
Jan 9, 2017

2017 January | Pope Francis prays for Christian unity to help those most in need


2017.01.06 Holy Mass for the Epiphany

The Holy Father celebrates Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord.


2017.03.01 Procession and Holy Mass on Ash Wednesday

Pope Francis presides at the liturgy and the penitential procession, which will be followed by Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

Remark 2 versions - International and original


2017.03.17 Penitential Liturgy

Pope Francis presides over the Penitential Liturgy on occasion of Lenten.

Remark 2 versions - International and original


2017.04.09 Palm Sunday celebration (English)

Blessing of the palms and olive branches, Procession and Palm Sunday Mass presided over by Pope Francis followed by the Angelus.


2017.04.13 Chrism Mass
The Holy Father presides at the Chrism Mass, during which the sacred oils used for the Sacraments and Ordinations are blessed.
2 versions: International sound and original

2017.04.14 Celebration of the Passion of our Lord
On Good Friday, Pope Francis presides over the Celebration of the Passion of our Lord.
2 versions: International sound and original

2017.04.14 Way of the Cross
The Holy Father presides over the Way of the Cross of Good Friday
2 versions: International sound and original

2017.04.15 Easter Vigil
The Holy Father presides over the Easter Vigil

2 versions: International sound and original

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The Roman Missal and the Easter Vigil
The rubrics for Holy Saturday found in the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia address several matters which will be helpful to those involved in the preparation of the celebration of the Easter Vigil.


2017.04.16 Easter Mass
The Holy Father presides over the Holy Mass of Easter Day.
Easter message and Urbi et Orbi blessing of the Holy Father

2 versions: International sound and original


2017.04.17 Regina Coeli
The Holy Father recites the Regina Coeli, which in the Easter Season and until the Pentecost replaces the Angelus, and then issues greetings to the faithful.

International sound


2017.06.04 Mass of Pentecost and Regina Coeli

Pope Francis presides at Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost. The Holy Father recites the Regina Coeli, which in the Easter Season and until the Pentecost replaces the Angelus, and then issues greetings to the faithful.



2017.06.18 Mass on the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass on the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi, which is followed by the Procession to St. Mary Major and the Eucharistic Blessing.

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for "Body of Christ") is the Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the reality of the body and blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God in the Eucharist known as transubstantiation.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017
Where the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is not observed as a holy day, it is assigned to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which is then considered its proper day in the calendar

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2017.06.29 Holy Mass with the imposition of the Pallium

Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass with the imposition of the Pallium on the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul


A Christmas Story: Pope Benedict XVI and the Filipino's of Simbang Gabi

Nellie Hizon of the Catholic Church talks about her miraculous journey for the Filipinos who celebrate Simbang Gabi. Her efforts ultimately led Pope Benedict XVI to leave a blessing for the Filipino people worldwide who celebrate Simbang Gabi.

Video by Truth Esguerra

Pope Benedict XVI
Nellie Hizon

Interact with Philippine News

Remark this is an album in the album "Christmas in the Philippines"


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Malacañang: Happy birthday, Pope Francis!
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 17, 2016

'We wish Pope Francis good health and good humor as he continues to guide us to build a more humane world,' says Duterte spokesman Martin Andanar.
Malacañang joined the rest of the world on Saturday, December 17, in greeting Pope Francis on his 80th birthday.

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar conveyed the Palace greeting to Francis.

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Pope, at 80, looks to 'joyous' old age
By Agence France-Presse Dec 17, 2016
'Old age sounds ugly, and causes fear. But old age yearns for wisdom,' Pope Francis tells dozens of cardinals at the mass in a papal chapel in Rome.


The statue of St. Joseph sleeping that Pope Francis keeps in his room
Mar 19, 2015

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Apparition of St. Joseph in the Philippines

Pope Francis and ‘St. Joseph fever’
MANILA, Feb. 7, 2016


2016.12.09 St. Peter's Square: Inauguration of the Crib and Christmas Tree Lighting

2016.10.31 Pope Francis in Sweden - Ecumenical event with the World Lutheran Federation
Streamed live
Pope Francis participates in the Ecumenical Event organized by the WLF, World Lutheran Federation to mark 500 years from the Reformation.

Remark 2 videos, where one is with explanation in - and translation to English

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Joint Declaration on the occasion of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, October 31, 2016

Apostolic Journey to Sweden: Ecumenical event at Malmö Arena in Malmö
I thank God for this joint commemoration of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. We remember this anniversary with a renewed spirit and in the recognition that Christian unity is a priority, because we realize that much more unites us than separates us.

Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation
“With gratitude we acknowledge that the Reformation helped give greater centrality to sacred Scripture in the church’s life,” the pope said in a joint declaration at Lund Cathedral with Bishop Munib A. Younan, the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the president of the Lutheran World Federation.

Reformation day: Pope Francis marks Luther anniversary in Sweden

Wish list for the Church under a cool Pope
by/Jervis Bautista Dec 21, 2014

The Catholic Church needs to change its image: an old Church with so many rituals and traditions that people, especially the young, can hardly relate to.

Vatican Museums
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