Pope ‘has no fear of rain’—Vatican spokesman

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Vatican spokesman Fr.  Federico Lombardi, SJ holds a briefing after the Holy Father's trip to the Marian pilgrimage site Our Lady of the Rosary in northwest Sri Lanka. (Photo: Roy Lagarde)

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ holds a briefing after the Holy Father’s trip to the Marian pilgrimage site Our Lady of the Rosary in northwest Sri Lanka. (Photo: Roy Lagarde)

MANILA, Jan. 15, 2015—Not even a storm can stop Pope Francis from visiting the Filipino faithful.

This was the message relayed by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi on Wednesday when asked about the tropical depression that is expected to enter Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this morning, bringing heavy rains during the Pope’s five-day pastoral visit to the country.

“We hope it’s not hurricane that it’s only rain,” Lombardi said in a press briefing in Sri Lanka a day before Pope Francis arrives to the Philippines.

Even if it rains, the Vatican official said the papal visit will go as planned as “the Pope has no fear of rain.”

“There’s an umbrella… we hope that it’s not going to be a hard situation,” he added.

Tropical Storm Mekkhala was reported to be at 1,365km east of Visayas with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, said state weather bureau PAGASA on Wednesday in its 5:00 p.m. weather bulletin.

The Holy Father will be coming to the Philippines on Jan. 15 to 19 to visit the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013.

An estimated six million people are expected to join activities slated during the Pope’s five-day visit.

Lombardi expressed hopes that threats of weather disturbance would not cause difficulties for both the Pope and Filipinos. (Jennifer M. Orillaza/CBCP News)

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One Response to Pope ‘has no fear of rain’—Vatican spokesman

  1. Pope Francis welcome to our beloved country the Philippines. We love you Pope, we wish you to come again after this. Viva il Papa

    Arn Richard V. Remo
    January 16, 2015 at 9:05 am
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