MONTHS before Pope Francis sets foot on Philippine soil, an official of the Catholic Church appealed to politicians not to use his presence for their political plans in 2016.
Retired Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan Oscar Cruz on Wednesday said the politicians should spare the pontiff from their dirty political tactics just to get the sympathy of the public.
For the sake of delicadeza [propriety], he added, the politicians should consider the holiness of the papal visit.
Cruz said the Pope’s presence is for victims of Typhoon Yolanda, not for politicians.
“For one thing, ayaw niya mismo [he does not want to be with politicians]because he is not coming here for any political intent,” he noted.
According to Cruz, Francis “is not interested in receiving political receptions.”
He said the pope might not even go to the Malacañang when he visits the Philippines next year.
On January 15 to 19, 2015, Francis is scheduled to personally visit the victims of Yolanda in Tacloban City to console them.
Tacloban City, the capital of Leyte province, in Central Visayas was hit the hardest when the typhoon struck in November 2013.
The pope will also dine with some of the typhoon survivors and some earthquake victims in Bohol.