Jul 5, 2014

Philippines - Vatican protocol officials visit Leyte to check possible sites for papal mass - Palo archdiocese

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MANILA, Philippines -- Protocol officials of the Vatican visited Leyte Friday and inspected possible sites for the mass Pope Francis will say during his expected visit to Tacloban early next year, the archdiocese of Palo said.

Church officials have said the Pope is expected to visit the country January next year and expressed a fervent wish to visit victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

In a post on its Facebook page, the archdiocese said the Vatican officials -- Dr. Alberto Gasbarri, the chief organizer of the papal international apostolic visits), Dr. Paolo Corvini of the Vatican’s Office of the Protocol-Secretariat of State, and Dr. Stefania Izzo of Alitalia, the consultant to the Holy See on air travel -- were accompanied by Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, papal nuncio to the Philippines, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, and government officials and clergy involved with the national committee created to prepare for the papal visit.

Among the proposed sites for the papal mass are the new airport apron in San Jose, the government center in Palo, and the Tacloban port area.

The team also checked the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral, the archbishop's residence, and the Sto. NiƱo Church in Tacloban, the archdiocese said.

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