All of us are excited that finally, one of the earliest highlights of the year will be happening. The Pope is coming to our country and no matter what our family’s religion is, we should see this event as an opportune time to revisit our family’s faith and our commitment to do good, not only to ourselves and to our family, but most especially to others. Because this is what the Pope’s mission is all about, and that is to teach each of us the value of charity.
The Pope’s visit will be hectic and not all of us may be able to see him up close. But these won’t stop us from experiencing his visit. Here are some tips how everyone will be able to get an update, watch Pope Francis’ activities, and learn from his teachings which will certainly be focused on families, the women, and the poor.
1. Don’t forget to check the Pope’s itineraries.
2. Take advantage of various media updates from TV, internet and social media outfits.
3. Smartphone App for the Pope’s visit.
4. Appreciate the Pope more by learning about his life.
5. Revisit your family’s faith and realize how your lives have reflected the values of your religion.
The Pope’s Itinerary
If you aren’t informed yet of the Pope’s itineraries starting January 15, here it is:
|Thursday 15 January 2015|
|17:45||Arrival at Villamor Air Base in Manila|
|Friday 16 January 2015|
|09:15||WELCOME CEREMONY at the Malacañan Palace|
|COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT|
|10:15||MEETING WITH THE AUTHORITIES and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Presidential Palace|
|11:15||HOLY MASS with the bishops, priests, women and men religious at the Cathedral – Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila|
|17:30||MEETING with the FAMILIES at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila|
|Saturday 17 January 2015|
|08:15||Departure by plane from Manila for Tacloban|
|09:30||Arrival at the airport of Tacloban|
|10:00||HOLY MASS near Tacloban International Airport|
|12:45||Lunch with some of the survivors of typhoon Yolanda at the Archbishop’s Residence in Palo|
|15:00||Blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor|
|15:30||MEETING with the Priests, Women and Men Religious, Seminarians and Families of the Survivors at the Cathedral of Palo|
|17:00||Departure by plane for Manila|
|18:15||Arrival at Villamor Air Base in Manila|
|Sunday 18 January 2015|
|09:45||Brief Meeting with the Religious Leaders of the Philippines at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila|
|10:30||MEETING WITH THE YOUTH at the Sports Field of the University|
|15:30||HOLY MASS at Rizal Park in Manila|
|Monday 19 January 2015|
|09:45||Leave Taking Ceremony at the Presidential Pavilion of Villamor Air Base in Manila|
|10:00||Departure by plane from Manila for Rome|
|17:40||Arrival at the airport of Rome/Ciampino|
Source : http://papalvisit.ph/the-papal-visit-itinerary/
Watch the Pope
This is the best time to take advantage of television as major tv channels are dedicating their time slots for the Pope’s visit. GMA-7 will be pre-empting several programs to accommodate live updates while ABS-CBN launched a website PopeFrancisPH specifically for the visit’s updates.
Follow the Official Twitter Account for the Pope’s visit at https://twitter.com/Pontifex.
You can also download the smartphone app for the Pope’s visit where everyone is linked to the official Papal visit website, hear the official theme song “We Are All God’s Children,” be able to leave voice messages and prayer requests on a Prayer Wall.
Learn More About The Pope
Did you know that Pope Francis supported the theory of evolution? Because he said that “The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it.” He also said that evolution “is not inconsistent with the notion of creation.” For us, this should be the most sensible answer to the most insensible question about God’s existence. Check more about Pope Francis life from his bio.