Since his installation as the 266th pope of the Catholic Church in March 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio or Pope Francis conducted only eight (8) pastoral visits outside Italy.
His first official out-of-Italy trip was when he attended the World Youth Day in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in July 2013.
In 2014, Pope Francis visited Israel, Jordan, Palestine, South Korea, Albania, France and Turkey. Majority of his trips last year are scheduled special international events and official meetings like the 6th Asian Youth Day (South Korea), Meeting with the European Parliament and the Council of Europe (France), Meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew I of the Orthodox Church and to celebrate the Feast of Saint Andrew (Turkey).
Here are his scheduled Papal Visits for 2015:
Sri Lanka (January 13 – 15)
Philippines (January 15 – 19)
In the Philippines, Pope Francis is set to arrive on January 15 (Thursday), here are the full itinerary of the Pope’s visit to the country released by Vatican:
January 15, 2015
Arrival from Sri Lanka
Villamor Air Base Motorcade to the Apostolic Nunciature
Taft Avenue, Manila
January 16, 2015
Welcome Ceremony – Malacañan Palace
Manila motorcade to the Cathedral – Manila Cathedral
Mass with bishops, Priests, and religious – Manila Cathedral
Motorcade to the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay encounter with families – Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay
January 17, 2015
Departure for Archdiocese of Palo – Villamor Air Base Arrival at Tacloban Airport
Tacloban Airport lunch with the poor and survivors of calamities at Gonzagahaus (Residence of the Archbishop of Palo) – Palo, Leyte
Blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor – Palo, Leyte
Meeting with the priests and religious at Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration (Palo Cathedral) – Palo, Leyte
Departure for Manila
Arrival at Manila – Villamor Air Base
January 18, 2015
Brief Meeting with the religious leaders and encounter with the youth – Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila
Motorcade to Rizal Park, Manila
Concluding Mass, Rizal Park, Manila
January 19, 2015
Motorcade from the Apostolic Nunciature
Departure for Rome – Villamor Air Base
In light of this very important events, President Benigno Aquino III has declared January 15 (Thursday), 16 (Friday) and 19 (Monday) as special non-working days to allow more Filipinos to witness the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.
Official Papal Visit Philippines 2015 souvenir items and merchandise are now available through Caritas Manila. All proceeds will be used to sustain our programs for the poor. To order just contact, 563-9311, 564-0205, 0999-7943455, 0905-4285001 or 0929-8343857.
CBCP is also hoping for Pope Francis to return to the Philippines in 2016 when the country hosts the 51st International Eucharistic Congress on January 24 to 31 but traditionally, the Pope only sends Papal Legates to represent him. However, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about the Pope this past two years is that he’s anything but ‘traditional’ – so Catholic faithfuls, there’s still hope that we might see him again in 2016.
Keep on praying!
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