MANILA, Nov 27 (Mabuhay) – A total of 1,200 young men and women will welcome Pope Francis upon his arrival to the Philippines this January, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Thursday.
In a press briefing, Episcopal Commission on Social Communications executive secretary Fr. Lito Jopson said the Pope shall be greeted with music and dance as he disembarks from the plane.
Reading a statement written by Bishop Jesse Mercado, the chairman of the arrival and departure committee, Jopson added that the Pope shall arrive at dusk on January 15, 2014.
“We shall be welcoming the Holy Father at dusk on January 15 next year,” he said.
“When he disembarks from the plane, 1200 young men and women will greet him with vibrant music and dance… Two children will offer him flowers.”
Ambassador Marciano Paynor, a member of the papal visit central committee, said that they expect the public to cooperate as both audience and actual participants of the papal visit.
He hopes that the Pope will remember the country because of the Filipino hospitality.
“We need the collaboration of everyone… we’d like to emphasize more their participation in ensuring the pope’s visit here will be one he will remember because of our hospitality,” Paynor said.
According to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Usec. Jess Yu, the government shall be working with the church to provide all the security that will be needed during the papal visit.
“We will provide all the necessary assistance that will be needed to ensure the safety of the pope,” Yu said.
“Not only of the pope but also those of who would be attending.”
Pope Francis shall be visiting the country from January 15-19 on 2015, making stops in Manila and Leyte.
The next CBCP briefing on the papal visit will be on December 2 at 1:00 p.m. (MNS)