MANILA, Nov. 21, 2014— The presence of persons with disabilities (PWDs) during the papal Mass at the Rizal Park in Manila is of “high importance” and will be accommodated through specially designated areas, church officials said.
Fr. Marvin Mejia, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) discusses special arrangements being made to accommodate PWDs during the papal Mass at Luneta, during a press briefing with media at the Fr. George J. Willman Building inside the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) compound in Intramuros, Nov. 20, 2014.. (Photo: CBCP News)
Fr. Marvin Mejia, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said a specific area will be set up for PWDs so they can attend the liturgical event with Pope Francis.
According to him, the PWDs will be provided with identification cards so they could easily enter the area officially assigned for them.
“There will be IDs especially for the Mass but it’s only for people with disability or the handicapped,” Mejia said during a press briefing on the papal visit at the Fr. George J. Willman Building inside the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) compound in Intramuros, Manila on Thursday.
The CBCP Secretariat, he also said, requested all the country’s 86 dioceses to send at least five PWDs to Manila for the papal Mass.
“The dioceses will provide logistics for these people so they can attend the Mass,” Mejia said.
The CBCP official also revealed that only 20 priests from each diocese are allowed to attend the Luneta Mass.
Around four to six million people are expected to attend the Eucharistic celebration at the Rizal Park on Jan. 18, which will formally conclude the Pope’s apostolic visit to the country before he heads back to Rome, Italy the following day.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle earlier said the organizers will not be able to accommodate everyone during some of the papal activities because of the venue constraints.
Mejia said only selected delegates can attend the Pope’s meeting with the families at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Jan. 16.
He said the papal visit steering committee had also asked every diocese to send only 100 individuals for the gathering.
The arena has a seating capacity of around 15,000 with the ability to hold as many as 20,000 people.(CBCPNews)