MANILA, 5 January (PIA) – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle invited the faithful to pray the Novena for the safety of Pope Francis’ visit and stay in the country.
In a pastoral letter addressed to all parish priests, rectors, chaplains and directors of parishes, shrines, chapels and schools in the Archdiocese of Manila, Cardinal Tagle enjoins faithful to hold a novena and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament starting January 6, 2015, for the special intention of the safety of Pope Francis.
“The arrival of the Holy Father Pope Francis in our country nears and it will be good for us to devote the nine days before he arrives to prayer and contemplation,” Cardinal Tagle said.
He also urged that to use novena days to properly dispose ourselves to the visit of the Vicar of Christ, so that we may hear what he will say to us so that we can be moved by his words to follow Jesus and love Him by loving and serving others with mercy and compassion.
Liturgy Guide for the Novena and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament can be downloaded at the Archdiocese of Manila website at www.rcam.org. #papalvisitPH
His Holiness Pope Francis will be in the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. (RCAM/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)