Pope Francis en route to Malacanang

By , on January 16, 2015


His Holiness Pope Francis takes leave of President Benigno S. Aquino III and boards the Papal Mobile after the arrival ceremony at the 250th PAW of the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City for the State Visit and Apostolic Journey to the Republic of the Philippines on Thursday afternoon (January 15, 2015). (Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
His Holiness Pope Francis takes leave of President Benigno S. Aquino III and boards the Papal Mobile after the arrival ceremony at the 250th PAW of the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City for the State Visit and Apostolic Journey to the Republic of the Philippines on Thursday afternoon (January 15, 2015). (Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA — His Holiness Pope Francis is now en route to Malacanang Palace for his official welcoming ceremony and courtesy visit to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

He is scheduled to arrive at 9:15 AM, but making it through the throngs of faithfuls awaiting the Pope is proving to be challenging for the papal convoy.

The Pope is riding a black Volks Wagen vehicle with the window rolled open to wave to the thousands of Filipinos waiting for him.