Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka from Jan. 12-15, then spend Jan. 15-19 in the Philippines, the Vatican and Philippines bishops announced Tuesday.
The 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be in Cebu, central Philippines, Jan. 24-30, 2016, and cardinals in that country are already planning for "Christ in you, the hope of glory."
"As we prepare for the visit of Pope Francis next year, let us resolve ... to see the goodness in everyone and live the mercy of the Gospel."
Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila in recent public addresses grabbed the opportunity to challenge Catholic laity to do more to transform Philippines society.
For Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle, the Synod of Bishops on the family is a "hopeful" sign that the church is willing to listen to the difficulties families experience.
Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila was saying Mass in typhoon ravaged Palo cathedral at the close of the archdiocese's diamond jubilee celebration last November when he witnessed with admiration the "unshakable faith" of people amidst suffering.
This, Tagle said at a press conference May 30, was what the fund raising concert of sacred music of renowned composer and musician Ryan Cayabyab called "Rise! Rebuilding from the Ruins" on June 11 hopes to recognize.
NCR Today: Pope Francis confirmed that he wants to visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka for two days in January, although neither bishops' conference has heard from him yet.
Benedictine Sr. Edita Eslopor and fellow Typhoon Haiyan survivors gained Cardinal Luis Tagle’s support for their effort to press the Philippines government for more efficient and humanitarian response to the crisis left by the devastating typhoon that hit the central Philippines in November.
Thousands of Catholic celebrated the reopening of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday after a two-year restoration project.
Cardinal Luis Tagle's appointment to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life comes at a crucial time, one ecclesiologist said.