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To Welcome the Pope, LNU to Host Thousands of Pilgrims

Clemelle L. Montallana

Tacloban City - "Let us welcome the Pope by taking care of its people". Dr. Jude A. Duarte LNU President exhorts the LNU Community.

At Leyte Normal University preparations are underway to host thousands of pilgrims most particularly coming from the parish of St. Mathew in Jaro, Leyte , St. Rose de Lima of Barugo, Leyte and St. Anthony de Padua in Tunga, Leyte. Arriving on the 16th of January 2015, the pilgrims are slated to stay in the College Building, Obdulia Ronda Cinco Building and Humanities Building.

Mercy and Compassion, the buzzword and theme for the Papal Visit to the Philippines is best exemplified with the converging of help and efforts from different segments of society . In Tacloban and Palo these theme is lived-up by the collective help of everyone in preparing for the Popes visit . LNU President Jude A. Duarte , exhorted the LNU Community to assist and help in the efforts to make the pilgrims comfortable and ready to meet the pontiff.

Fr. Aaron Quilaneta , estimated the registered pilgrims numbering up to 1,250 up. The LNU Administration with the Office of the Vice President for Administration had meet with officials of the University to prepare for the coming of the highest vicar of the catholic church. Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio , in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before beginning seminary studies.[3] He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969 and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina's Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Throughout his public life, both as an individual and as a religious leader, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor and his commitment to dialogue.

Students of LNU had volunteered in their respective parishes and some in the National Service Training Program . Faculty and personnel had their own parish and community duties . Including LNU EAGLES the rescue and medical corps of the university participating as emergency response team members. All officials of the university are extending services in their official and their capacity as parishioner.The university will be extending medical and other assistance to the pope including ecclesiastical activities like live rosary and film showing of the mercy and compassion that the Pope is famous and known for.