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Official website for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines launched

Preparations are underway for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines, which takes place from January 15th-19th, 2015. This week, the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines published the official website of the visit.  The site features a countdown clock that counts down the days until the Pope's arrival. The official logo of the visit as well as its theme, "Mercy and Compassionâ? is also shown, alongside a picture of Francis.  Further down, six children from areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan welcome the Pope with handwritten drawings. During his visit, Francis will visit the areas devastated by the tragic storm. The website (http://papalvisit.ph/) has also published the official song for the visit entitled "We Are All God's Children,â? which includes a choreographed routine.  The site also features the official prayer, which will be prayed in every Mass celebrated in the country from August 1st, 2014 until January 14th, 2015. It also highlights John Paul II's historic visit to the country in 1995. The World Youth Day in Manila, celebrated that same year, was the largest in its history, with 5 million people in attendance.  More info: http://papalvisit.ph/ PM/JAE RR FA -PR Up: JAE