The state and pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines

January 15-19, 2015

Video archives

Click here for all the live-coverage videos of the Papal Visit.

Click here to read the message of President Aquino on the preparations for the visit of Pope Francis, January 12, 2015.

President Aquino: “Ipakita po natin ang pakikisama at pagtutulungan, nang matiyak nating magiging mataimtim at mapayapa ang pagbisita ni Pope Francis sa ating bansa.”

About the papacy

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Briefer: Papal visits

The Philippines, one of two predominantly Catholic nations in Asia, has had enduring bilateral relations with the Vatican. In light of Pope Francis’ visit, learn more about our diplomatic relations—which includes previous papal visits, Presidential calls to the Pope, and diplomatic ties via the Papal Legate. [Read more]

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Briefer: Papal vesture and insignia

The Pope wears sacred vestments that carry symbols rooted in the centuries-old tradition of the Holy See. Even as they convey his ecclesiastical authority as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, these vestments bear the personal stamp of the Pope. In light of the papal visit this January 15 to 19, learn more about the papal ceremonial garb and insignia. [Read more]

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Trivia about the papal visit

Have you noticed that Pope Francis wears a silver pectoral cross with a simple design, instead of the elaborate golden cross worn by his predecessors? He also wears a silver papal ring instead of a golden one. Read more trivia about the papal visit here.

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Briefer: Apostolic Blessing and Plenary Indulgence

An apostolic blessing or papal blessing (Benediction Papalis in Latin) is a prayer seeking for favors and protection, and a prayer of thanksgiving bestowed directly by the Pope or indirectly through a delegation. It honors special celebrations in the life of a baptized Catholic faithful. It should not be confused with a pontifical or an episcopal blessing given by a bishop at the end of a eucharist. [Read more]

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Itinerary

Travel advisories

 

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Road closures include tributary roads. These roads will re-open as soon as the Pope arrives at his destination. All parked vehicles along the ceremonial routes will be towed. Click to view the list of road closures during the papal visit. 

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For the duration of the papal visit, the Quirino station of the LRT-1 will be closed at certain times of the day. Click to the view the full schedule of the LRT-1 operations during the papal visit. 

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Flight operations

From 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. of January 15, 2015, airports will be closed to arriving aircraft. Read the full advisory regarding flight operations for the duration of the papal visit.

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No-fly and no-sail zone

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard have issued the following advisories regarding the enforcement of a no-fly zone and a no-sail zone for the duration of the papal visit. Read the advisory here.

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Safety reminders

WATCH: Safety protocols for events that involve large crowds, such as the Papal Mass at Luneta on January 18, 2014.

Panoorin sa wikang Filipino.

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Basahin sa Filipino.

Online coverage

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DILG lauds PNP for ‘good job’ in Papal visit

In a meeting with local officials and stakeholders from civil society, Secretary Mar Roxas lauded the PNP personnel for their sacrifices and dedication to duty during the five-day visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines last week.


Statement: The Deputy Presidential Spokesperson on the week of January 19-23, 2015

A weekly statement from Undersecretary Valte on the success of the Papal Visit and the Philippines hosting the 2015 APEC Summit.


DND: Papal security successful due to public support

The overall security during the visit of Pope Francis from January 15-19, 2015, was successful mainly due to the overwhelming support of the Filipino people.


DILG chief fetes PNP for successful Papal visit

Secretary Roxas will lead the awarding of selected police personnel to represent those who served during the Papal visit.


Statement: Secretary Roxas on the 5-day Papal Visit

Secretary Roxas: To all the men and women of the PNP, AFP, BFP, BJMP, PSG, PCG, CAAP, DILG, DOH, DFA, DOTC, DPWH, DOT, DOST (PAGASA), NDRRMC, OPS, PCDSPO, PCOO, MMDA, NICA, BI, NTC, and to everyone MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO!


Telegram: Pope Francis’ message to President Aquino after his visit to the Philippines, January 19, 2015

Pope Francis sent this telegram to President Aquino after his five-day visit to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015.


Statement: The Presidential Spokesperson on the conclusion of the Pope’s visit

We thank our countrymen for their solidarity in ensuring the safety of the Pope.


Statement: Secretary Roxas on the plane incident in Tacloban

We are happy to know that everyone on board the light plane carrying government officials are safe after the runway accident in Tacloban airport.


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