NCR Today: Filipinos came in droves to line streets of Manila, where Pope Francis' motorcade breezed from the airport to the nunciature.
My NCR colleague Joshua J. McElwee reported this morning that during the plane trip from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans on declaring Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-1784) a saint in September. Serra, a Spanish Franciscan priest and missionary, created 21 missions throughout California.
Pope Francis also addressed climate change, interreligious dialogue, and his safety aboard the papal plane to Manila, the Philippines.
Pope Francis stresses the same things as Asian bishops stress: dialogue, intercultural dialogue, interreligious dialogue, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo says.
Eco Catholic: The Global Catholic Climate Movement seeks to raise awareness, volume of church teachings on the environment.
Pope Francis returns to Asia this week, where crises are priming the ground for the kind of church he is working to grow.
This is the Philippines, where "the Christian story and Christian symbols have played a very important role in everyday life."
"It's not new for us. ... It's not a revolution. It's an affirmation of various intuitions of the church in Asia and of the universal church."
Philippine church and government leaders are preparing the country for Pope Francis' visit with spiritual guidance for the faithful and precautions about crowd control.