TACLOBAN CITY, January 17 (PIA) – Pilgrims coming from the different parts of the country were seen walking early morning today, Saturday, January 17,  going to the site where Pope Francis will celebrate a Holy Mass.

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Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate  a Holy Mass at 10:00 o’clock this morning in a site prepared for the Holy Mass near the Tacloban City airport in Barangay San Jose, Tacliban City.

It is expected that more than 100,000 pilgrims will attend the Holy Mass including the members of the church hierarchy in the Visayas regions and invited government officials .

Fr. Amadeo Alvero, director, social communication of the Archdiocese of Palo, announced at DYVL station early morning today that the Holy Mass will be held earlier than scheduled due to typhoon Amang which is threatening Eastern Visayas.

Amadeo said that the plane carrying  Pope Francis and his entourage  is expected to arrive at the Tacloban City airport 45 minutes ahead of the scheduled arrival time.

Thousands of pilgrims are still waiting outside the mass site and there are still many pilgrims walking towards the mass site despite the threat of light rain showers brought by typhoon Amang.

Pilgrims who came in the evening of Friday, January 16 and some who came earlier today are already occupying the designated areas in the mass site.

Security personnel assigned in the mass area continued conducting searches to pilgrims and other attendees to the Holy Mass.  (fj/RSV/PIA 8 Biliran)

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