Archdiocesan Mass to be held in Naga City to welcome Pope Francis

NAGA CITY—The Archdiocese of Caceres will celebrate a mass at the Naga Cathedral grounds here at 4:30 PM on Thursday, January 15, to welcome Pope Francis to the Philippines and to pray for the success of his visit.

Churches in the Archdiocese will also ring their bells simultaneously at 5:45 in the afternoon to signal the Pope's arrival, per the suggestion of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' Bishop Soc Villegas.

"This will be a symbolic gesture of welcome to the Holy Father calling on the people who are unable to see him personally to at least pray for the Pope for the duration of his Philippine visit," Villegas said.

Anticipation over the Pope's visit has been felt across 90 parishes covered by the Archdiocese since news of his visit broke.

Since the latter part of last year, locals and tourists have been having their photos taken next to standees of the Pontiff in churches. Souvenir items bearing the Holy Father's face have also proliferated.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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