Pope Francis Center being rushed for Pope's visit


Posted at Aug 11 2014 03:31 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2014 11:31 PM

MANILA - A Catholic church leader said the church can’t reveal yet the details of Pope Francis’ visit in Yolanda-devastated areas.

Palo Archbishop John Du said they can’t reveal yet his itinerary and the places he will visit due to security reasons.

“Ang instruction sa amin, huwag muna i-public ang mga lugar kasi for security reasons din,” he said.

Radio Veritas reported province of Leyte is now undergoing massive reconstruction, specifically in areas where the pope will visit and stay.

Du said they are also focusing on the construction of the Pope Francis Center, which will house children and old people in need of shelter.

He said the leader of the Roman Catholic church is expected to bless the center.

“100 percent preparation na kami talaga. They are all preparing. Ang target, matapos by December,” Du told Radio Veritas.

He noted workers from the Department of Public Works and Highways are also involved in efforts to finish construction of the project.

The church leaders earlier announced Pope Francis will visit the Philippines on January 15 to 19 next year.

Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said “his holiness Pope Francis will make his apostolic visit to Sri Lanka on January 12 to 15 and to the Philippines on January 15 to 19, 2015.”

Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the current nuncio to the Philippines, described the visit as a “spiritual typhoon.”