PRIVATE MEETING. In this behind-the-scenes meeting, Pope Francis poses for 'selfies' with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on January 17, 2015, as part of his trip to the Philippines. Photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP
WHAT FILIPINOS SAW. On his way to the Apostolic Nunciature for his first night in the Philippines, Pope Francis riding on his 'popemobile' waves to well-wishers along a street in Manila on January 15, 2015.
LUNCH WITH SURVIVORS. In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis (left) shares a meal with disaster survivors in Palo, Leyte, on January 17, 2015, as part of his trip to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Osservatore Romano/AFP
LISTENING CLOSELY. Pope Francis was 'suffering' as he heard the stories of Filipino disaster survivors during his lunch with them on January 17, 2015, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. Photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP
Jasmin Mariega, 20, said she wld rather endure the rain & the long lines than wait for the next Pope visit. "It's really a once in a lifetime event," she told Rappler. "Iyong gap ng visits ng Pope dito sa Pilipinas naging 11 yrs, 15 yrs, then 20 yrs (The gap of the Papal visits here in the Phil. is increasing. When is the nxt time then?)B 4 Pope Francis, the Asia’s oldest univ was visited thrice by prev. popes: Pope Paul VI in 1970 and Saint John Paul II in 1981 & 1995.(WYD)
'HER NAME IS KRISTEL'. Pope Francis himself prays for Kristel Mae Padasas, who died after a scaffolding by the stage where he said Mass for disaster survivors in Leyte collapsed on Saturday, January 17. Photo by CNS/CRS