Pope Francis to begin Philippines visit

  • Security has been stepped up in the Philippines as Pope Francis begins his much-anticipated five-day visit to the Asian nation.

    The papal visit will include an open air mass in capital Manila, expected to be attended by millions of people, according to media reports.

    The Pope is also scheduled to meet survivors of the 2013 typhoon that killed thousands of people.

    During the Sri Lanka leg of his tour, Pope Francis appealed for unity in country which has witnessed four decades of civil war and canonized Sri Lanka’s first saint.


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