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Christian activists will welcome Pope Francis with postcards that they will deliver on Monday to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila, where Pope Francis will be staying during his five-day visit to the Philippines.

Promotion for Church People’s Response, a member of umbrella activist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, said it will deliver the postcards during a “Pilgrimage of Welcome.”

In a statement, it said the so-called pilgrimage will start at St. Scholastica Archives-Museum in Manila and end at the Papal Nunciate.

“Personal welcome messages and articulations of the cry of the poor are handwritten on the backs of postcards in six designs that combine relevant photographs with proclamations of Pope Francis,” it said.

During the pilgrimage, participants will wave welcome pennants or flaglets and ask the pope to “hear the cry of the poor” and “stand with us for justice and peace.”

A serenade and prayer will be held at the Papal Nunciate to “express our journey of solidarity with the poor as we deliver the postcards,” the group said.

The group said that for the last 90 days, a “Giving a Voice to the Cry of the Poor Campaign” was initiated by the National Clergy Discernment Group, Religious Discernment Group, Task Force for Urban Conscientization-Association of Major Religious Superiors, Citizens Alliance for Just Peace, and the Promotion of Church People’s Response.

The PCPR said the groups are hopeful the pope “will speak to the real situation of the toiling majority during his visit.” Joel Locsin/JDS, GMA News

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