Vatican to PH: No banners of Pope

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2015 01:44 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2015 04:27 AM

MANILA - The Vatican is urging Filipinos to raise banners and tarpaulins of the images of Jesus rather than images of Pope Francis during his visit in the country.

The Archdiocese of Palo has received a set of instructions from Vatican, in particular for his visit to the province on January 17, CPCP News reported.

The media arm of CBCP quoted Fr. Amadeo Alvero as saying that Pope Francis would rather that the faithful carry banners of the images of Jesus, the saints, and Mary.

Alvero is the head of the information and social communications committee of the Papal visit in Palo.

Engineer Dalmacio Grafil was also quoted as saying that the Vatican prefers greetings in text form mentioning the message of “mercy and compassion.”

Palo Archbishop John Du suggested: “God is merciful and compassionate.”

Du also encouraged survivors of super typhoon Yolanda to join in all activities of the Pope in the province for “healing and hope.”

“This is a rare opportunity to experience the mercy and compassion of God through the apostolic mission of the Vicar of Christ on earth, the Pope,” he said.