Papal Visit 2015 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Papal Visit 2015


More than 3.3M tweets recorded during PH papal visit

Jan 30, 2015 - 6:46 PM

Smart Communications Inc reports there were 3 664 tweets per second at 6:30 pm on January 15 when Pope Francis arrived in Manila

Filipinos take pictures of the Pope Francis while passing by a street near the Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Not God's will: Hope is dead, long live hope

Jan 22, 2015 - 4:39 PM

For non believers certainly there is something to be said about the power that brings 6 to 7 million people out on the streets We must learn from it

POPE IN A RAINCOAT, Pope Francis in raincoat holds a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Photo by Johannes Eiselle/AFP

Hidden from the Pope?: Netizens, DSWD speak up on #streetkids

Jan 22, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Discussion on the disappearance of street families in Manila during the papal visit

Covering the Papal Visit: People over Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:51 PM

More than the opportunity of seeing Pope Francis 4 times I will treasure more the stories and the conversations I had with the people

Pope Francis aboard his mobile is given a send off by a huge volume of devotees following a mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

The many faces of Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2015 - 1:41 PM

We see a pattern in Pope Francis’ Church—vague but impressive words followed by clear but contradictory actions

Pope Francis: What’s the big deal?

Jan 21, 2015 - 10:28 AM

If your faith could so easily be shaken then perhaps you didn’t have enough of it in the first place

Were street families hidden from the Pope?

Jan 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

About 400 individuals from street families under the DSWD s MCCT program in Malate are brought to a resort in Nasugbu Batangas during the papal visit

CHILDREN. Pope Francis meeting children at an event in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo from Osservatore Romano/AFP

5 lessons business leaders can learn from Pope

Jan 20, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Pope’s messages during his visit are not solely evangelical – they are practical that even business leaders and managers can learn and emulate

As Pope Francis leaves, network services returns to normal

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:59 PM

Millions of mobile phone subscribers lost signal during papal events in a government directed shutdown to ensure the Pope s safety

PAALAM! Pope Francis waves goodbye to the crowd assembled at the Villamor Airbase tarmac (not seen in photo) as he boards the plane that will bring him to Rome. Rappler screengrab

Goodbye Pope Francis, Davos forum, Thailand's third gender | The wRap

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:05 PM

Pope Francis leaves the Philippines Terrorists and regional conflicts to dominate Davos Thailand may soon recognize the 3rd gender

'Mula sa Papa tungo sa masa': The papal message we missed

Jan 19, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The celebritization of the Pope’s image or turning the Pope into a rock star into Pop Francis muted and bled away the prophetic message of the Pope

Pope Francis bids Filipinos goodbye before ending his five-day visit to the Philippines. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Bye, Pope Francis! See you in the peripheries

Jan 19, 2015 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED Moving moments of his visit to the Philippines according Pope Francis What other moments touched or made you reflect? Tell us about your experience

Pope Francis visits families of typhoon Yolanda victims in one of the areas in Tacloban City Saturday, January 17, 2015. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Ngayong umalis na ang Papa

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:01 PM

Ngayong nakaalis na ang Papa naiiwan sa ating lahat na isakatuparan ang mga hangarin at sentimyentong hinimok niya Nasa sa atin ang pagbabagong pinapangarap natin

'Trashed' Luneta mars Pope Francis Mass

Jan 19, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Plastic water bottles food containers and even missalettes are found strewn around Rizal Park after Pope Francis Mass

DISCARDED. Wet missalettes lie on the floor in Rizal Park

Street kids: Pope Francis showed us God is here

Jan 19, 2015 - 11:54 AM

We are poor but when I saw Pope Francis I realized we are rich after all We are rich in God s love says street child Jason Reyes

GOODBYE, POPE. Street kids supervised by Tuloy Foundation join the send-off for Pope Francis at Villamor Airbase on January 19, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

What I don’t understand about Pope Francis

Jan 19, 2015 - 9:57 AM

I cannot quite comprehend why people would wait for hours under the scorching heat or rain to see the Pope But to borrow a quote from Pope Francis Who am I to judge?

PAPAL CHARM. Pope Francis aboard his popemobile greets devotees following a mass at the Quirino grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

What Filipino Jesuits sang to Pope Francis

Jan 19, 2015 - 9:47 AM

In a gesture of gratitude the Filipino Jesuits who met with Pope Francis serenade him with a song composed by one of their own

THE JESUITS. Pope Francis meets with 40 Filipino Jesuits in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of Fr Archie Carampatan SJ

Grieving father asks Pope Francis: Why did God take my only child?

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:38 PM

It is a question not even the Pontiff could answer

Tagle to Pope Francis: 'We want to go with you'

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:28 PM

We will go to those worlds with you to bring the light of Christ Tagle tells the Pope

YOU ARE LOVED. Pope Francis aboard his popemobile Greets devotees following a Mass at the Luneta on January 18, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Pope Francis' with youth, Luneta mass, network shutdown | The wRap

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Pope Francis tells people: don’t be afraid to cry What sets apart the Catholic Filipino according to the Pope? And cellular networks shut down to secure him

Pope Francis to Filipinos: Care for the environment

Jan 18, 2015 - 6:44 PM

We need to see with the eyes of faith the beauty of God s saving plan the link between the natural environment and the dignity of the human person

'GREEN' POPE. Pope Francis, during his homily at the Luneta Mass, called on Filipinos to protect the 'beautiful garden' given to them

Pope Francis meets father of volunteer who died after Leyte Mass

Jan 18, 2015 - 5:10 PM

UPDATED Kristel Padasas’ father is still in shock from the death of his daughter when he talks to Pope Francis

When Rome is too far, Quirino Avenue will do

Jan 18, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Neighbors Nenita Escorpiso and Monette Ayora say waiting for Pope Francis on a Manila roadside in rainy weather is far easier than going to Rome to see him

PILGRIMS IN THE RAIN. Nieghbors Nenita Escorpiso (left) and Monette Ayora (right) don’t pass up on the once-in-a-lifetime experience despite the rain and cold weather.

4th time's the charm? Waiting for Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Looking into his eyes is different from just seeing his side view Fannie Reyes explains when asked why she s still waiting for the Pope outside his official residence after 3 sightings

25,000 cops deployed for Luneta Pope Francis Mass

Jan 18, 2015 - 1:48 PM

The number of police officers deployed could even increase once those deployed in the University of Sto Tomas move over to the Quirino Grandstand area

QUIRINO GRANDSTAND. Millions gather at the Luneta to attend the closing Mass of Pope Francis. Rappler screengrab

Pope Francis mourns death of Yolanda aid worker

Jan 18, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Padasas who worked with the Catholic Relief Service during the Yolanda humanitarian crisis is remembered in a moment of silence

Pope Francis arrives at UST for youth encounter

Jan 18, 2015 - 9:14 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis is the third pope to visit Asia s oldest pontifical university

Pope Francis arrives at Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

The old woman wrapped in a refrigerator mantle

Jan 18, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Already in her 70s she fights the bitter cold as Nene waits for the arrival of Pope Francis at the University of Santo Tomas

SHOW THE POPE. Lines outside the UST gate as of 3 am. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Agitated, disorganized crowds outside Luneta Mass site

Jan 18, 2015 - 8:15 AM

2nd UPDATE The crowd control system at the site of the mass of Pope Francis in Rizal Park is working but people outside the area are agitated and disorganized

WAITING FOR THE POPE. People gather outside the Maria Orosa street entrance to Luneta at 5:30 am for the afternoon mass of Pope Francis on January 18, 2015.  Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Parents encourage youth: Go to UST, see the Pope

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:31 PM

All 6 college students say their parents and guardians insisted that they go and so off they go with backpacks and a mattress in tow

#DearPopeFrancis: Please pray for cancer patients

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:52 PM

If my sister were still alive today I m sure she would join us to welcome Pope Francis in his historic visit to the Philippines

Filipino ex-seminarian remembers his ride with the Pope

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:51 PM

The ex seminarian s wish: That Pope Francis visit inspires more people to reflect and renew their lives to be more men and women of God and for others

A glimpse of holiness

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:31 PM

It was one of those very rare occasions when people came together and demonstrated how wonderfully human they can be to each other

Network disruptions to continue as Pope concludes PH visit

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Smart advises subscribers that the government might order them again to temporarily suspend services as Pope Francis winds down his visit Sunday and Monday

Yolanda aid worker dies after Tacloban airport scaffolding collapses

Jan 17, 2015 - 1:58 PM

4th UPDATE Kristel Mae Padasas 27 worked with the Catholic Relief Service during Yolanda In UST Pope Francis calls for a moment of silence to pray for Padasas

Typhoon Yolanda victims shield themselves from the rain during a mass officiated by Pope Francis at the DZR airport in Tacloban City on January 17, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Papal visit a gift to PH, business community says

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:56 AM

The business community says potential losses over the holidays are nothing compared to the grace and blessings that Pope Francis brings to the country

Pope Francis attends a meeting with families in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

4-km line of pilgrims to Tacloban airport despite Amang

Jan 17, 2015 - 6:54 AM

Pilgrims brave long lines despite intermittent rains and cold wind in Tacloban City to hear the Holy Father s message

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Thousands of pilgrims entering the papal mass venue still happy and energetic despite the long walk and persistent drizzles. All photos by Derek Alviola

Yolanda survivors: Pope 'like Jesus' visiting Leyte

Jan 17, 2015 - 6:51 AM

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas echoes their sentiments: The papal visit is Jesus in the Pope visiting Jesus in the Filipino

HOPE IN POPE. Filipino children hold a portrait of Pope Francis in village which was severely damaged by the 2013 Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in Tacloban City on January 16, 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Tacloban and Palo on January 17, 2015. Photo by Jay Labra/EPA

Papal visit: Netizens react to disrupted telco services

Jan 16, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Netizens say it would have helped if disruptions were communicated to them earlier

No network service? It's for Pope's safety, say telcos

Jan 16, 2015 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Telco operators disrupt mobile services in Metro Manila following a government order

Pope in Manila, PSEI soars, Mayweather-Pacquiao fight | The wRap

Jan 15, 2015 - 7:51 PM

Pope Francis receives a rockstar’s welcome in Manila Philippine Stock Exchange’s index reaches all time high Is a Mayweather Pacquiao fight happening soon?

#DearPopeFrancis: I hope you see the other side of the Philippines

Jan 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

You will not see the people living in squatter areas in Pasig and some areas of Metro Manila But I hope you do

WATCH: When Al-Qaeda targeted Pope John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:12 PM

What happened the last time a pope visited the Philippines?

Securing Pope in Leyte a 'balancing act'

Jan 13, 2015 - 9:47 PM

How is the province of Leyte preparing for the papal visit?

Aquino on papal visit: Don’t let PH be remembered for tragedy

Jan 12, 2015 - 7:22 PM

President Benigno Aquino III appeals for cooperation and says the government wants to strike a balance between giving in to the Pope s wishes and securing him

PROTECT THE POPE. President Benigno Aquino III appeals to Filipinos to work together to protect Pope Francis. Malacañang File Photo

HANGOUTS: Why does #PopeFrancisPH matter?

Jan 06, 2015 - 10:57 PM

We talk with people from different faiths about the coming papal visit

FAQs: Pope Francis' trip to the Philippines

Jan 02, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Got questions on the Pope s first Philippine visit? Check out the frequently asked questions here

Palace declares holidays in Metro Manila for Pope visit

Dec 23, 2014 - 2:08 PM

Malacanang declares 3 days as non working holidays in the National Capital Region during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines

BLESSING. From a balcony of his private apartment, Pope Francis blesses the faithful gathered below as he delivers the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer Regina Coeli in St. Peter Square, Vatican City, Vatican, 21 December 2014. Photo by Angelo Carconi / EPA
Text of Proclamation 936

Palace: Leyte roads, airport ready for Pope's arrival

Dec 21, 2014 - 3:10 PM

The government is preparing for the facilities in Leyte for the Pope s visit in January

TACLOBAN AIRPORT. The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City was severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 and Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) in December this year. File photo by

Tacloban airport 'ready' for Pope Francis

Dec 12, 2014 - 2:50 PM

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says repairs at the Tacloban airport are being fast tracked for Pope Francis visit in January