Pope Francis to visit Philippines in January

Posted at 05/27/14 11:47 AM

Pope Francis lifts up the chalice as he leads a vigil mass during Easter celebrations at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican April 19, 2014. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters.

MANILA - Pope Francis is set to visit the Philippines in January 2015 but gave no definite date for his trip.

Speaking in Italian, the Pope told reporters that he is scheduled to go to South Korea for the sixth Asian Youth Day scheduled this August.

"Then next January a trip of two days to Sri Lanka and in the Philippines and in the zone that was hit by the tsunami," he said.

The Pope earlier expressed his intention to visit the Philippines to personally condole with thousands of survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

He prayed for the Philippines during his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader.

Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, also visited typhoon survivors in Tacloban on Christmas Day last year.