Papal nuncio relays Pope’s thanks to Pinoys for successful papal visit

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Pope Francis on Monday thanked all those involved in his recently concluded five-day visit to the Philippines. The Pope relayed his thanks through Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto, who spoke at a media conference after a chartered plane bringing the Pope to Rome...

Jamming mobile signals does the public more harm than good, says lawmaker

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – A party-list representative has criticized the government for ordering telcos to turn off mobile coverage in conjunction with the papal visit, saying this is “deleterious to public safety” and “tramples on the people’s right to communicate with each...

Cardinal Tagle asks faithful to pray for good weather during Pope’s visit

MANILA, Jan 14 (Mabuhay) — The Manila Archdiocese on Wednesday joined its counterpart in Palo, Leyte in praying for good weather during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. In a circular to Manila’s priests, rectors, chaplains and religious, Manila Archbishop...

Pinoys’ faith caught Pope’s attention even before Yolanda, says Jesuit researcher

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Filipinos’ Catholic faith may have drawn Pope Francis to visit the country even before the Bohol earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda, a seminarian researching on his life said Wednesday. Bro. Joseph Zaldivar of the San Jose Seminary in Ateneo de Manila...

Pope Francis practicing English speeches for PHL visit, Vatican says

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Pope Francis has been honing his English speaking skills for his upcoming visit to the Philippines on January 15 to 19, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Translating Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi’s speech at a press conference on Wednesday, Pontificio...

Aquino hails pope’s ‘boundless promise’

MANILA, March 14, 2013 (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday hailed the election of the first Latin American pope, saying he brings “boundless promise” and the hope of unifying all people around the world. Aquino also welcomed the election of Jorge Mario...

Asia’s ‘humble’ candidate for pope, Cardinal Tagle

By Cecil Morella MANILA, March 7, 2013 (AFP) – Asia’s best hope for the papacy, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, is a young, electric orator who has been outspoken about the need for Catholic Church leaders to be more open and humble. Born to a working-class...