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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Catholics urged to recite prayer for papal visit

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Catholics urged to recite prayer for papal visit

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MANILA, August 1, 2014— A special prayer will be said during Masses nationwide for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBPC) came up with the “national prayer for the papal visit” starting on Friday, August 1 until January 14 of next year.

The Philippines is set to welcome the Holy Father in January 2014. (Photo: CNA)
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, said the prayer is to be recited “before the post communion prayer of every Mass.”
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Tuesday announced that Pope Francis will be in the country for at least four days from January 15 to 19.

The CBCP earlier called on the faithful to prepare “spiritually” for the papal visit and make one act of mercy each day.
The bishops also encouraged priests to make themselves more available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.

“Let us make mercy our national identity. Trust in God’s mercy is part and parcel of our traditional Filipino Christian culture,” the bishops said in a pastoral letter.

The prelates said acts of mercy may include giving food to a hungry beggar, visiting those in prison or helping the recovery efforts for the typhoon victims.

“Let us make the practice of mercy our gift to the pope when he comes to visit us,” they said.
The full text of the prayer reads:

“Leader: God of mercy and compassion, we come to you in our need and lift up to you our nation as we prepare for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis.

After every invocation we say together: Bless your Church Lord!

L: That we may be faithful to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth
All: Bless your Church Lord!

L: That we may be eager to meet and listen to Pope Francis
A: Bless your Church Lord!

L: That we may be compassionate with the poor and the needy
A: Bless your Church Lord!

L: That we may be merciful with the weak and the lost
A: Bless your Church Lord!

L: That we may humbly confess our sins and return to God
A: Bless your Church Lord!

L: That we may frequently and devoutly receive Holy Communion
A: Bless your Church Lord!

L: Let us pray

God our Father, we are all your children. Make of us a nation of mercy and compassion eager to meet Pope Francis. Make us a nation of holiness and heroism through Christ our Lord. Amen.” (CBCPNews)


Nuncio wishes papal visit a ‘spiritual typhoon’

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Papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto (Photo: Roy Lagarde)
MANILA, July 29, 2014–There is just no stopping Pope Francis from visiting the Philippines early next year and the papal nuncio has one wish—that it will be a ‘spiritual typhoon’.

In a press conference Tuesday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle announced that the pope will make a four-day visit to the country from January 15 to 19, 2015.

While the schedules of the papal visit will be released later this year, Tagle hinted the pope’s desire to visit areas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda last year.
“I was a witness by how Pope Francis was affected by the typhoon Yolanda,” Tagle said. “Let us show Pope Francis who we really are as Filipinos.”

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

“My wish that this visit will be a spiritual typhoon,” Pinto said.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) earlier said that the central theme of the papal visit is “mercy and compassion.”

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, who was declared a saint recently.
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. (CBCPNews)

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