2 Pope mobiles being readied for Papal’s visit PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:32

Two popemobiles are being prepared by the organizers of the 2015 Papal Visit of Pope Francis to the country early next year.

According to Fr. David Concepcion, in charge for transportation of the apostolic and state visit, they are manufacturing more than one popemobile as they will provide one each for Manila and Tacloban.

“We have prepared two vehicles. The January 16 event will be at the Manila Cathedral and the SM Mall of Asia and it will be finished may be later in the evening. If we will use only one vehicle, we might have a hard time transporting it from Manila to Tacloban since the event there will be the following morning, January 17. Since we have two, the second car will be stationed in Tacloban,” he explained during the weekly media briefing for the papal visit on Tuesday in Manila.

The Catholic priest explained that the Holy Father has requested that the popemobile will be open, with no windows and doors, no aircondition, not bulletproof but it has a roof.

He added that the popemobile has three characteristics, vulnerable, open, and accessible.

“Ang pagkavulnerable ng pope ay nagpapahayag na napaka vulnerable ang simbahan, kung ano ang ramdam ng tao ramdam nya (Pope Francis) kung umulan mababasa din sya. Ang popemobile ang isang pahayag ng pakikiramay, daupang palad sa sambayanan. Bukas at walang aircon, para madinig niya ang sigaw ng mga tao at Accessible, na ang gusto niya kapag may nakita tigil baba siya kaagad,” he explained.

However, the Catholic priest did not identify the company that made the popemobile upon the request of the car manufacturer.

Pope Francis will arrive at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport onboard an Airbus 320 at past 9 am from Villamor Airbase in Pasay City. The same plane will bring him back to Manila in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reported the activity of Pope Francis in Leyte on January 17, 2015.

“Ang papel ko po ngayong hapon ay bigyan lang po ng pansin yung liturgical celebrations ng Santo Papa doon sa Tacloban. Mapapansin po ninyo ‘yung buong araw niya sa Tacloban ay umiikot sa encounter with the people, but the setting always be in prayer. Mayroon pa rin pong ibang encounter, but it will focus on liturgical and worship encounters,” he said.

The Holy Father’s first activity will be a Mass to be held near the airport, which is open to the public. “There will be a lot of readings, songs and prayers in Bisaya, the Leyte and Samar languages we also have Cebuano, Hiligaynon, these will be intersperse with English and some Latin, etc.”

Tagle added that after the liturgical celebration the Holy Father will go to the Archbishops’ residence in Palo and after lunch with 30 survivors of the different calamities those who have suffered there will be another liturgical event, the blessing of the Pope Francis Centre for the Poor.

“The Pope Francis Centre for the Poor is located very close to the Archbishop’s residence in Palo, Leyte. It is a facility, which was constructed by the Vatican - Cur Unom. In order to provide care for the less fortunate in the society; the orphans, the elderly, and among them the sick also,” he added.

The last activity of the Holy Father in the province, will be the visit to Palo Cathedral, which was damaged by super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

“At the Palo Cathedral, Pope Francis will have an encounter with religious, clergy, priests, seminarians and laity. Ito po ay simple lamang a short prayer, gospel proclamation, a short sharing on the part of the His Holiness and they will be singing a hymn to the blessed mother and that closes the encounter and from there, after the 3rd liturgical prayer celebration the pope will return to Manila,” the head of the Archdiocese of Manila said.

Pope Francis will visit the country from January 15 to 19, 2015.