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Pope Francis’ historic visit to Leyte in photo book

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Palo marked the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ visit to Leyte by launching a coffee table book about the historic event. (Photo: Roy Lagarde)

PALO, Leyte, Jan. 20, 2015— The Catholic Archdiocese of Palo marked the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ visit to Leyte by launching a coffee table book about the historic event.

The 200-page book narrates two connected events: the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda and the Pope’s visit to Tacloban City and nearby Palo town.

The book titled “Mercy and Compassion,” which was the theme of the papal visit, is a joint project of the Palo archdiocese and Areopagus Communications and published by the Heart of Francis Foundation, Inc.

‘Another gift to Leyte’

Palo Archbishop John Du said the archdiocese and Yolanda victims have received a lot of help in the last three years after the typhoon and considered the book as another “gift” to them.

The launching of the photo book, which also features images of the Pope’s visit to Manila, was held before a concelebrated Mass at the Palo Cathedral on Sunday, Jan. 17.

The prelate said he personally requested that a coffee table book be made on the papal visit so it could serve as a lasting remembrance of the milestone event.

“I am thankful to the foundation for coming up with one,” said the prelate in his homily. “This is a book for our young and the next generation to remember.”

Book for the next generations

According to him, the papal visit was something the archdiocese will “cherish” even if it was cut short due to typhoon “Amang”.

He then challenged the Yolanda survivors to be instruments of God’s mercy and compassion, especially to those who are suffering such as the poor.

“The Pope braved strong winds and heavy downpour to bring us God’s mercy and compassion,” he said. “May we who received mercy and compassion be also challenged to bring God’s love to our neighbors.” (CBCP News) 


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