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  • » 05/27/2014, 00.00


    Pope: January, in Sri Lanka and the Philippines, for the typhoon victims

    This was confirmed yesterday during a press conference with reporters aboard the papal flight, returning from the Holy Land. Two days on the island of former Ceylon, then a meeting with the victims of the typhoon that struck the Philippine archipelago in 2013. Already announced to AisaNews, by the bishop of Mannar.

    Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - In January 2015, Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, in a two-led Apostolic journey. The Pope himself confirmed the trip during a press conference held yesterday evening with journalists aboard the papal flight, returning from the Holy Land. "There are two trips planned to Asia - said Francis - South Korea [in August, ed] and in January next a two-day trip to Sri Lanka and then the Philippines, to the area where there was the tsunami".

    In early May, the Bishop of Mannar, Msgr. Rayappu Joseph, had already confirmed Pope Francis' intention to go to Sri Lanka to AsiaNews, and described a visit - immediately afterwards- to the Philippines as probable.

    Before Pope Francis' announcement yesterday, Card. Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, had said that "there are plans for a visit by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, in a single trip to the region". The cardinal added that " the Vatican has not yet announced specific dates or an itinerary , but I am confident that [the visit] will take place early next year".

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    On the island once known as Ceylon, Francis will meet with political and religious leaders. He will also beatify missionary Joseph Vaz and visit the shrine of Our Lady of Lanka. In the Philippines, he will have lunch with survivors of typhoon Yolanda, bless a new centre for the poor, and meet young people and their families.

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    Francis nevertheless sought to keep to his schedule , albeit shortening events. He blesses the care center for the elderly and orphans named after him, visits the small home of a fishing family, greets people and has a quick lunch with 30 survivors of typhoon Yolanda. The poor and needy "be treated fairly – that their dignity be respected, that political and economic policies be just and inclusive, that opportunities for employment and education be developed, and that obstacles to the delivery of social services be removed".

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