PH security officials inspect route to be taken by Pope Francis

By Sharon Evite

Tacloban – Police tightened security at the Tacloban Airport for representatives of the Vatican.

Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, and Swiss guards inspected the airport, where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate mass in January.

The inspection was brief but thorough.

From the airport, the group simulated the route Pope Francis will take towards Maracasbaras and Palo Cathedral.

They also visited the Palo Archbishop’s residence and the Pope Francis Center nearby, which houses a clinic, an orphanage, and home for the aged.

The Archbishop’s residence is where the Pope will sit down for lunch with Yolanda survivors.

A last-minute addition to the luncheon the church is working out are survivors of Typhoon Ruby from Eastern Samar.

“Hindi naman impossible ano,” said Father Amadeo Alvero. “Sa remaining na mga meeting ng committees ng executive committee sigurado madidiscuss din yan kung anong decision, pero yun ang hindi pa natin alam.”

Father Amadeo Alvero refused to give more details on the visit of representatives from the Vatican, which could also be the group’s last inspection before the Pope’s arrival.

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