Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urged Philippine archbishops and bishops to join the Triduum or the three-day prayer for the spiritual preparation of the Catholic faithful for the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis.
“We kindly request the Most Reverend Archbishops and Bishops to avail of this Triduum to raise awareness among our Catholic faithful of the repeated appeal of Pope Francis for mercy and compassion,” Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said.
The archbishop added that the Triduum also aims to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Pope Francis recently confirmed his desire to visit the calamity victims in Central Visayas in January 2015.
The Pope will particularly visit the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban and the victims of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol, which would mean he will stay in the country for two days.
Pope Francis will also visit Sri Lanka in 2015.
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo has urged the pontiff to visit central Mindanao, which was devastated by a “man-made” disaster.
“This shows that the support of the Holy See for the victims of disaster is not only material, and it also shows solidarity with us. The distant Rome will be near to us especially for victims of natural disasters,” Quevedo said.