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Hundreds of thousands of Catholic Filipinos gathered with banners, commemorative dolls and T-shirts this week for the island nation's first papal visit since John Paul II in 1995.

In a country devastated by government corruption, "super-typhoons" and displaced citizens, Pope Francis is expected to deliver a message of solidarity, mercy and compassion for the poor.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Rev. Patrick Longalong about the highly anticipated speech and the issues citizens face in the Philippines.


  • Rev. Patrick Longalong, parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Queens, New York, and coordinator of the Filipino Diocesan Apostolate.

This segment aired on January 16, 2015.