POPE’S PRIORITY CONCERN: OTHER PEOPLE’S SECURITY

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Despite security threats to Pope Francis on his Philippine visit next year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday said the pope is more concerned about the safety and well-being of the people than about his own. According to CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the major concern regarding the papal visit in January 2015 is security of the people who will gather to see the pontiff. “It’s not so much the security for the pope, but more for the security of those who want to see [him],” Villegas said in an interview. He added that the pontiff is not even considering his “personal security,” but only that of the people. Francis, who will visit the Philippines from January 15 to 19, will be third pope to visit the country. The pontiff will first set foot in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte, on January 17. He will be saying Mass at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport and will dine with some victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

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