Written by Bella Dalima
15 Jan, 2015 | 9:29 pm
Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines on Thursday for a week-long trip in the Catholic Church’s passionate and chaotic Asian heartland that is tipped to attract a world-record papal crowd.
Church bells tolled across the nation as the charismatic pontiff flew into the capital of Manila after a successful trip to Sri Lanka.
His Holiness Pope Francis has said his two-nation tour is aimed at adding momentum to already impressive growth for the Church in Asia, with its support in the Philippines the benchmark for the rest of the region.
Eighty percent of the former Spanish colony’s 100 million people practice a famously fervent brand of Catholicism, and the Pope is set to enjoy thunderously enthusiastic crowds throughout his stay.
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