Argentinian priest to celebrate Mass with compatriot Francis

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Weeks before Pope Francis sets foot on Philippine soil, a compatriot of the pontiff expressed joy as he is among the priests who will celebrate Mass with the pope on January 16, 2015.

Fr. Luciano Felloni, an Argentinian priest serving in the Philippines, said he looks forward to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with Francis now that he is the much-respected, well-loved Vicar of Christ.

He recalled that he met then Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, renamed Pope Francis.

Felloni is a missionay priest based in Novaliches diocese’s Holy Trinity Parish in Quezon City.


He said he had the good fortune to personally meet Francis in their South American homeland.

“I hope to see him again personally. I met him years back when he was still an ordinary priest. I would like to see him closer again this time,” Felloni added.

“He is my kababayan [countryman]. I met him because we used to live in one neighborhood for three years. I confessed to him many times. I was also among those who had attended a recollection he gave when he was still an ordinary priest,” he added.

Pope Francis is set to visit the Philippines from January 15 to 19. He will personally console victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City, Leyte.

Official itinerary of the papal visit showed that Francis is scheduled to hold a concelebrated Mass on January 16, 11:15 a.m. at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica in Intramuros, Manila.

Felloni said as many as ten priests—five diocesan and five religious—from each diocese are expected to join the pope  in the Eucharistic celebration at the Manila Cathedral.

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  1. My Prayer Requests/ Wishlist (Pope Francis 2015)

    (I know this email is not for prayer requests but I hope this won’t be rejected *:) happy)

    Dear God,

    I know I’m not a good girl and I’ve done so many things that displeased you I’m not asking you to remove all the fluid in my lungs but please extend my life. Please give me a few more days, weeks, months or years for me to be able to…
    learn to open up and spend time with my family especially with my mommy (which i’m not very close to)
    do all the things in my bucket list
    to forgive and seek forgiveness from those people whom I’ve hurt and caused so much damage
    to realize that life is worth living (that committing suicide is not the best solution to escape my problems)
    to help homeless and abused dogs on the streets (i hope people will also learn to give importance to animals especially dogs…)
    to meet and communicate again with all the people that had and have been a part of my life before i die
    to feel loved and appreciated
    to have a big TEDDY BEAR
    to be a blessing to someone
    to have more ANSWERED PRAYERS
    to have my MIRACLE and lastly…
    to see again my angel FR. JOJO JADULCO, OAR again. Fr. Jojo, my angel… I hope to see you again.

    Amen.