• Backpacks, umbrellas banned in Luneta Mass


    Veneration A devotee touches the foot of the original image of the Black Nazarene during the “pahalik” that drew thousands who patiently queued at Rizal Park to get a chance to kiss or touch the venerated image of Jesus Christ. Photo by Ruy Martinez

    PEOPLE who want to attend Pope Francis’ Mass at  Luneta (Rizal Park in Manila) on January 18 should leave their backpacks and umbrellas at home.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday reminded the faithful that bags and backpacks will not be allowed. Food, drinks and other important belongings should be placed in a clear or transparent plastic bag or container.

    Coloma said only fans, cap, and raincoats will be allowed as protective gear.

    These guidelines were issued after President Benigno Aquino 3rd met on Thursday with members of the Cabinet, Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and other church leaders to discuss security preparations for the papal visit next week.

    Coloma appealed to the public to cooperate with authorities since security measures will be “strictly followed.”

    “The government and the Church are united in appealing for public cooperation in following all our guidelines, which seek to ensure the smooth flow of events, and the safety of all participants,” he said.

    Around 1.2 million people are expected to attend the Mass at Rizal Park, but the number could swell up to five million.

    Organizers have said 20 first aid stations and 400 portalets will be set up in areas around the park.


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    1. If giving mercy and compassion to the people.. As well as giving love, hope & faith are such a waste.. What else should have matter?? Money??

      You dont know the exact meaning of his visit.. You just think of money.. I pity you edgar.. Hope someday you will realize the things that really matters..

    2. what a waste. tell the pope to release $1M from the Vatican treasury to help poor Filipinos in greatly needs.

      Jesus said give all your wealth to the needy and follow me.