PH bishops welcome donations for for Pope Francis’ visit

By Jing Castaneda

Cash donations are welcome for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines this January.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is primarily shouldering the expenses, but is open to accepting donations.

The finance committee, headed by Palo Archbishop John Du, has yet to release a target budget, but the CBCP assures the public everything will be simple. Any extra funds would be donated to survivors of calamities.

“Government kasi walang financial assistance – only in services,” said Father Marvin Mejia, secretary general of the CBCP. “Security ni Pope Francis at safety of the people ang concern ng government.”

The CBCP is also open to donations in kind – like LED screens, platforms, food, chairs, tables, computers, rosaries, among others.

“Kusang loob na pagutlong,” said Father Francis Lucas, “for spiritual preparation ang rosaries.”

Aside from the Pope’s mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, other events open to the public include masses in Tacloban and the Manila Cathedral as well as activities at the University of Santo Tomas.

Each Diocese will also distribute special IDs for persons with disabilities who wish to attend the Quirino Grandstand mass.

“When the Holy Father, Pope Francis, comes, he will bring with him the message of mercy and compassion,” said Father Pascual. “The Holy Father would like to share that healing grace of Gold, healing of individuals, healing of relationships, even healing of institutions.”

In the coming weeks, there will be regular media briefings so the public are well-informed about the details of the much-awaited Papal visit.

The Papal Visit Committee believes the media will play an important role in bringing the Pope closer to the Filipinos.

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  • Juan
    20 November 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Ano donation, 100Million-PH population, 90% Catholic, 50M go to church, 25M will give 1 Peso per Sunday Mass equals 25Million collection every Sunday times 4 = 100Million a month.How about, Wednesday Novena, death anyverssary, babtisimal,selling of candle, Please do not lie
    wala nang nagbibigay nang Piso every Sunday. Saan napupunta ang mga limos.