Pope Francis in the Philippines

Here in the Philippines, everyone is excited because of Pope Francis coming. He is expected to arrive in PH, tomorrow at around 5:45 in the afternoon and will stay in the country until January 19 (Monday). How I wish to see him in person but I’m away in Manila. There are different activities and masses to be held in different places.

Aside from Manila, he will go to Tacloban on Saturday to meet those people affected of Typhoon Yolanda way back November 2013. Pope Francis will have a lunch with selected 30 victims of Typhoon and earthquake in Bohol.

I really wanted to be part of any of his itinerary. It would be a blessing but it’s impossible for me and daughter to see the pope in person. My daughter took a chance to have a picture with his standee, which we saw in her school. How I desire this is real and my daughter is actually holding Pope Francis.

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Let us pray that the visit of Pope Francis in the PH will be a successful and peaceful one. I heard first typhoon for this year is coming tomorrow so I’m praying it won’t affect papal visit. Let us pray for the safety of Pope Francis. I hope after the visit we will all embody mercy and compassion in our day to day living.

Thoughts about ISIS

I heard the news about ISIS few days ago. I didn’t mind it but it has been in the news everyday and got alarmed already. ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant did brutal doings like killing of innocent civilian especially in Iraq and Syria. They are part of the terrorist and said to be the richest in all terrorist.  ISIS funds itself through oil and an extortion racket.

There’s a rumor that they already entered our country and recruiting Filipino to join their group. Usually they recruit out of school youth and mentioned places particularly in Mindanao. There are photos of young Filipinos posing in black flag, this black flag symbolizes ISIS. Although the genuinely of the photos are still questionable and didn’t confirm the legitimacy of the photos or might be these people are just inspired by ISIS.

There’s also news saying this ISIS plans to kill Pope Francis during his visit in the Philippines next year. This is very alarming and I hope our country is ready in this kind of situation. I heard the Presidential Security Group (PSG) would lead the security of Pope Francis. Well, whether it’s true or not that this group is already here in our country, I hope our government is ready so no innocent citizens would be suffered. It’s in my prayer that this ISIS group won’t operate here in the Philippines and all over the world. It would be alarming and frightening so we should be ready and alert at all times.