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Filipinos Hail Historic Papal Visit

Pope Francis waves to the faithful upon his arrival at Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Pope Francis waves to the faithful upon his arrival at Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

Hundreds of thousands of Catholic Filipinos gathered with banners, commemorative dolls and T-shirts this week for the island nation’s first papal visit since John Paul II in 1995.

In a country devastated by government corruption, “super-typhoons” and displaced citizens, Pope Francis is expected to deliver a message of solidarity, mercy and compassion for the poor.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Father Patrick Longalong on the highly anticipated speech and the issues citizens face in the Philippines.

Guest

  • Father Patrick Longalong, parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Queens, New York, and coordinator of the Filipino Diocesan Apostolate.

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