Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines
Pope Francis has arrived in the Philippines, Asia’s most populous Catholic nation. The high-point of his week-long trip is expected to be an open-air mass on Sunday at a park in Manila.
Church bells tolled across the nation as the charismatic pontiff flew into the capital of Manila on Thursday after a successful trip to Sri Lanka. Pope Francis smiled as he looked out the window of his plane upon touchdown. Hundreds of children awaited his landing to greet him with the words: “Welcome Pope Francis.”
The government has declared national holidays during the pope’s visit, which begins in the capital city, Manila. On Saturday, he is to fly to eastern Leyte province, where he is scheduled to meet survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which claimed the lives of thousands of people dead in 2013.
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Source News: DW