Joey Chavez, 44, claims he has been a Black Nazarene devotee since he was an infant. At the age of one, he suffered a serious illness called TB meningitis which had paralyzed half of his body. His parents who were already devotees of the Black Nazarene did a nine-day novena at the Quiapo Church, and brought him to the annual procession to pray for his cure. Surviving the illness afterward and feeling he owes it to the Black Nazarene, Chavez and his family had never missed attending the Traslacion, constantly wishing for their good health.
Even though Pope Francis gave only several official statements, he spoke volumes through his impromptu speeches. Language did not hinder the Holy Father from reaching out and touching the hearts of millions of Filipinos. INQUIRER.net has compiled Francis’ speeches delivered during his five-day apostolic visit in the Philippines last January 15 to 19, 2015.
Last Sunday, Oct. 14, or 38 years after his assassination on March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was declared a canonized saint of the Catholic Church, one of six individuals “raised to the altar” in solemn rites attended by tens of thousands in Rome. Pope Francis, who presided at the Mass along with hundreds of priests and bishops, wore the bloodied cincture or waistband of the martyred
Following Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines, INQUIRER.net takes a look back at the previous papal visits celebrated by the nation.
Since 1970, there have been three papal visits by two Popes to the country. Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit last January 15 to 19, 2015 was the latest.
To read each of their speeches, click on the respective links.