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Caption: Cecile Mantecon, director of education services in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., moved to the United States from the Philippines as a teenager. She says the faith and resilience of Filipinos is strong. (CNS/Charles Barry)
Cecile Mantecon, director of education services in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., moved to the United States from the Philippines as a teenager. She says the faith and resilience of Filipinos is strong. (CNS/Charles Barry)
U.S. Catholic Filipinos say pope's visit to Philippines will bring hope

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Filipino Catholics living in the United States say the pope's upcoming visit to the Philippines will be a big boost for their homeland that has experienced so much suffering.

"After all the travesties" the country has faced, the visit will provide a "flicker of light and a glimmer of hope," said Deacon Bernie Nojadera, head of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, whose parents were born in the Philippines.
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-- On the last day of a three-day visit to Turkey, Pope Francis attends a Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox patriarchal cathedral where he says full communion between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches would not mean "submission of one to the other or assimilation."

-- Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sign a joint declaration expressing their hopes for full communion and highlighting the violence against Christians in the Middle East.

-- Pope Francis meets with a group of young refugees from civil wars in Syria and Iraq.

-- Pope Francis, speaking to reporters on the plane returning him to Rome, urges political and religious leaders across the Muslim word to condemn violence done in the name of Islam. He also talks about the recent synod of the family and relations with the Russian Orthodox.

-- Pope Francis issues an apostolic letter outlining the aims, expectations and horizons of the church's observance of a year dedicated to consecrated life. The year began Nov. 30.


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