Pope Francis waves during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Reuters
MANILA - The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines on Friday warned the public not to buy fake tickets to papal masses and events in connection with Pope Francis' trip to the Philippines.
Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto said no tickets will be sold for any of the papal gatherings.
He condemned groups out to enrich themselves with the Pope's visit, and urged the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to "persuade people to desist from purchasing such tickets."
"It is regrettable that some cabal might wish to take advantage of the Papal visit to exploit innocent people and enrich themselves," Pinto emphasized in his letter dated July 8,2014 to CBCP president Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas.
Pinto urged the CBCP to use every possible channel and media facility to inform the public.
The Vatican has yet to formally announce details about the papal visit to the Philippines.
A Catholic News Agency report earlier said Pope Francis will arrive in the Philippines for the first time on January 15, 2015.
Msgr. Nevin Perera said Pope Francis will arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 13 and then leave for Manila on January 15.
The Pope earlier expressed his intention to visit the Philippines to personally condole with thousands of survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
He prayed for the Philippines during his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said one of the purposes of the papal visit is to "come close to the people" who suffered from the typhoon in November 2013 and the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in October 2013. With a report by CBCPNews