Waiting for the pope, Philippine family reflects on dreams, blessings

ANTIPOLO, Philippines (CNS) — Domingueto and Olimpia Ranola are proud of their daughter, Maricel, the only one of their nine children to go to college and one of the few young people from San Isidoro Labrador Parish chosen to attend Pope Francis’ Jan. 18 meeting with youths in Manila. In an interview in their neat…

Hoping location is everything: Former street kids want pope to visit

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Father Matthieu Dauchez knows the children he works with are not the only poor people in the Philippines, but that has not stopped him from lobbying loudly and praying constantly that Pope Francis will stop by. “We’re a drop in the ocean, but I hope he’ll see this drop,” Father Dauchez…

Philippines prepares for pope with messages on spirituality, crowds

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Philippine church and government leaders are preparing the country for Pope Francis’ visit with spiritual guidance for the faithful and precautions about crowd control. Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle announced details of the pope’s Jan. 15-19 itinerary, which includes his arrival late Jan. 15, after just over two days in Sri…

Filipino church leaders review typhoon recovery

By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service A cardinal from the Philippines visiting the U.S. thanked the Knights of Columbus for the organization’s financial support following last year’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan and noted the upcoming visit of Pope Francis next January. “The Knights worldwide sent more than $750,000 for thousands upon thousands of Filipinos whose lives…

Youngest typhoon victims make appeals

Filipino children stand along a road with signs urging passing aid trucks to stop in the village of Mercedes near the coastal town of Guiuan, Philippines, Nov. 20. Philippine authorities, the U.S. military and international agencies face a mounting humanitarian crisis, with an estimated 4 million people displaced by Typhoon Haiyan when it came ashore…