• Papal Nuncio warns vs papal visit racket

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    The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, has warned the public against some groups that are selling tickets this early for the visit of Pope Francis to Yolanda-hit areas in January 2015.

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    Pinto on Friday called on Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and also Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop, requesting the group to inform the public that no tickets will be sold for any of the papal gatherings.

    “Please inform everyone to desist from purchasing such tickets,” he said.

    The Papal Nuncio urged use of every possible channel of the CBCP and its media facilities to also warn Filipinos about the racket.

    In a letter to the CBCP, Pinto said the Apostolic Nunciator’s attention “has been drawn to a very unpleasant information” about some groups that are “already selling tickets” to some Filipino faithful despite the Vatican still not having formally announced details of Pope Francis’ visit.

    “It is regrettable that some cabal might wish to take advantage of the papal visit to exploit innocent people and enrich themselves,” he added.

    In January next year, Pope Francis will visit areas hard-hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013, to personally offer prayers to the typhoon victims.

    The CBCP said it does not yet have the pope’s itinerary during his visit.

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