Pope to visit UST ‘rain or shine’ – Fr. Dagohoy
DESPITE the high chance of rain, Pope Francis will still be coming to the University grounds for his encounter with the youth on Sunday, according to Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. in an interview with TomasinoWeb.
“We have not received any advice from the Holy See that the event would be cancelled,” said Dagohoy. He explains that the only possibility of the event being cancelled would be through an announcement by the Vatican.
Tropical Storm Amang (international name: Mekkhala) is expected to hit Northern Samar tomorrow evening, causing a possibility of changes in the Pope’s schedule. Public Storm Warning Signal #1 has already been hoisted in 10 areas, including Leyte where the Pontiff is expected to visit Saturday.
Though Amang is not forecasted to hit Metro Manila, light to moderate rain is expected on Sunday. Advisories from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) say that it is highly unlikely for Amang to make landfall.
“We advise everybody to be prepared for that. So, wear your raincoats and be ready to get wet,” said Dagohoy. Umbrellas and non-transparent raincoats are prohibited in all of the Pope’s public events for security reasons.
‘Do it with love’
Social Media Bureau Director Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. urged to the youth volunteers to do their job lovingly in his homily before the dry run began on Friday.
“Hindi lang po ito basta historical event, kung hindi ito ay spiritual event,” Coronel stressed in his sermon. “Bibigyan natin ng pagmamahal lahat ng ating ginagawa sa buhay.”
He also challenged the volunteers to be “friends of the paralytic,” a direct reference to the gospel reading wherein a paralytic is brought to Jesus by friends “of strong faith.”
“Kaya tayo, hindi lang marshalls. Tayo ang mata, tayo ang kamay, tayo ang paa, tayo ang puso sa darating na Papal Visit,” he said, “Tayo pong lahat ay kailangang maging tagapaglingkod ng Panginoon,” he added.
Assistant to the Rector for Student Affairs Prof. Evelyn Songco also told the youth volunteers to “[…]make the Pope’s encounter with the youth a great faith experience for everyone” before dispatching the the volunteers to their positions in the campus.
Thousands of the student volunteers are to form a human barricade on the Pope’s route, coming in from the Arch of the Centuries, straight to Benavides Lane, turning at Quezon Drive circling the Main Building up to Osmeña Drive, and finally to the Grandstand.
The volunteers could opt to camp inside designated buildings on Saturday to avoid the large crowds. The designated places where they can stay are the Benavides Building, the Tan Yan Kee Building, St. Raymund de Peñafort Building, and San Martin de Porres Building.
Breakfast and lunch will also be provided for the volunteers on the day the Pope arrives at UST, assured by Prof. Songco in during the orientation.