Papal Coverage in Smart Araneta Coliseum

The much-awaited event in the Christendom is set to happen this January, as Pope Francis conducts his first-ever apostolic visit to the country.

To celebrate this global event, The Araneta Center, together with official media partner TV5, invites everyone to an exclusive free coverage of the papal visit at The Smart Araneta Coliseum from January 16 to January 18, 2015. It is a chance to keep abreast of Pope Francis' Papal visit to the country, LIVE on big screen!

Gates will open at 7 am, but schedules will vary each day. On January 16, the event starts at 9 am and ends at 2 pm, while it begins at 9 am until 1 pm on January 17. On the 18th, the coverage is longer, running from 9: 30 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon.

The highlights of Pope Francis' itinerary on the following dates are as follows: On January 16, Pope Francis will go to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) in Intramuros for a Mass with bishops, priests, and women and men religious. He will offer Mass near Tacloban Airport on January 17, and hold a Concluding Mass at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal (Luneta) Park on January 18.

The papal streaming gives viewers the opportunity to vicariously share in Pope Francis' meaningful journey through the Philippines, which will become the 3rd Asian country the Pope visits as head of the Catholic Church, after Sri Lanka and South Korea.

Also featured in the event is the "Tu Es Petrus Tour of Papal Relics". Petrus is a Latin derivation of the name Peter that refers to all the Pope successors in the Catholic Church.

These relics include not only the mortal remains of the Popes who previously visited the country, bearing the title of "Saint" or "Blessed", but also some of the things they touched or used. These were all authenticated and recognized by the Church, thus highly esteemed and valued for their sacredness.

Present in the exhibit are first and second class relics, from major to minor kinds, including blood stains, hair strands, and skull cap of Pope John Paul II, as well as the sacred zucchetto of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience is in line with The Araneta Center’s public service efforts and genuine desire to fulfill its corporate social responsibility.

Admission is absolutely free! You may claim your tickets now at Gateway, Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza concierge upon presenting one valid ID. T-shirts will also be given away to participants for free to serve as memento of the said event.

The relics are also available for viewing at the Gateway Activity Center from January 19 to January 31, 2015.

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