Pope Francis is coming to Philippines January next year, church officials in Manila confirmed Monday.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle announced the date of Papal first visit in the Philippines, in a press conference, said the pontiff will visit the country on January 15 to 19, 2015.
Tagle said that itinerary and other schedules of Pope Francis' visit will be announced later this year.
According to reports, The pontiff is expected to visit Manila, including the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, as well as the areas devastated by super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan), the deadliest Philippine storm on record, in the Eastern Visayas.
The Archbishop of Manila said the theme for the Bishop of Rome's visit will be "Mercy and Compassion" and he urged the Catholic faithful to do "Corporal Works of Mercy" before the grand event.