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Leyte town to name road after Pope Francis

Leyte town to name road after Pope Francis

Pope Francis makes a surprise visit to a family in Palo, Leyte on January 17, 2015. BENHUR ARCAYAN/MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

PALO, Leyte— The local government here is discussing honoring Pope Francis by naming a road after him.

The pope visited the town and the nearby city of Tacloban in January 2015 to be in solidarity with the survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

Local officials have recommended that the newly completed west bypass road will be named after the 81-year-old pontiff.

This resolution will go before the Palo town council for approval.

Councilor Junie Agner said they are also discussing the plan with concerned government agencies and the Archdiocese of Palo.

“Mayor (Remedios) Petilla had told me to look for a road to be named after the Pope shortly after the papal visit to serve as a lasting and fitting remembrance for the Holy Father’s visit to Palo,” Agner said.

Jorge Pulido, a resident of Tacloban, welcomed the move of the Palo officials to name the road to Pope Francis.

“I believe there will be no other pope that will come to Leyte in our lifetime, except Pope Francis. It is now part of our history that once upon a time a pope came to Leyte,” Pulido said.

The 3.66-km government road project traverses through some inland villages of the town— an alternative road for motorists particularly those going to the west side of Leyte. CBCPNews