MANILA, Oct. 23, 2014–Some typhoon Yolanda survivors from Easter Samar will get the chance to meet Pope Francis in person when he visits the Philippines next year.
Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan said that at least five people from his diocese will dine with the pope when he visits Leyte.
The bishop said there are 30 survivors of Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol who were chosen for the rare opportunity to have an audience with the pope.
“So there will be five people from each (typhoon-hit) diocese including the victims of Bohol earthquake,” Varquez told Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas on Wednesday.
Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran earlier confirmed that his diocese is sending five quake victims to dine with the pope at the residence of the archbishop of Palo in Leyte on still undisclosed date.
Pope Francis is due to visit the Philippines on Jan. 15 to 19 where he is expected to visit areas devastated by Yolanda.
Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran still hopes that the pope will visit Bohol “even just for one or two hours to counsel our people.”
While Eastern Samar is not in the itinerary of the papal visit, Varquez said they are coordinating with the Archdiocese of Palo for the papal visit preparations.
Palo Archbishop John Du earlier said that no politicians and rich people are invited in the simple lunch since the pope just wants to be with the poor and those afflicted by the typhoon. (CBCPNews)