Apostolic Journey to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, 13-19 January 2015
Pope Francis

In his second trip to Asia (following his Apostolic Visit to South Korea), Pope Francis travels to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Both countries have a tradition of papal visits, Bl. Paul VI having visited in both in 1970, and St. John Paul II in 1981, and in 1995 for World Youth Day. Another purpose of the Holy Father's visit is to provide comfort to survivors and families of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
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Sri Lanka, 13-15 January 2015

Welcoming Ceremony Colombo (1/13/2015)

Interreligious Meeting (1/13/2015)

Holy Mass and Rite of Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz (1/14/2015)

Marian Prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary (1/14/2015)

Visit to the Chapel of “Our Lady of Lanka” at Bolawalana (1/15/2015)

Farewell ceremony (1/15/2015)

Press Conference On Board the Flight from Colombo to Manila (1/15/2015)


The Philippines, 15-19 January 2015

Official welcoming ceremony, Manila (1/15/2015)

Welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace (1/16/2015)

Meeting with the Public Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps (1/16/2015)

Holy Mass with Bishops, Priests and Religious people (1/16/2015)

Meeting with Families, Manila (1/16/2015)

Holy Mass in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines (1/17/2015)

Meeting with Priests, Religious and Seminarians (1/17/2015)

Brief meeting with religious leaders of the Philippines (1/18/2015)

Meeting with the young people, Santo Tomas University, Manila (1/18/2015)

Holy Mass, Rizal Park, Manila (1/18/2015)

Farewell ceremony, Manila (1/19/2015)

In-Flight Press Conference from the Philippines to Rome (1/19/2015)


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