In the Philippines, Manila - still recovering from last week's typhoon - is busy getting ready to welcome Pope Paul who is due there on Friday.
In the Philippines, Manila - still recovering from last week's typhoon - is busy getting ready to welcome Pope Paul who is due there on Friday. The Roman Catholic Pontiff will spend three crowded days in Manila as apart of his Pacific tour.
The Pope will find no shortage of followers when he arrives. More than 90 percent of the Philippines' population of 37-million are Roman Catholic - a legacy of the missionaries who came with the Spanish colonialists.
At the huge Luneta Park in the heart of Manila, the Pope will bless tens of thousands of people soon after his arrival. On Saturday he will celebrate Mass there and ordain priests from several Asian countries.
On Sunday there will be another Papal Mass - this time at an even bigger park known as Quezon (pronounced kay-zon) Circle. One of the biggest congregations of all time is expected to attend.
The Pope will also find no shortage of sinners - especially regarding the Biblical commandment 'Thou shall not kill.' Guns are a common sight anywhere in the Philippines and the country has a reputation for an unusually high rate of murder and mayhem. Some politicians are known to have private armies while private bodyguards are a way of life.
Much of the violence stems from the wide disparity between the rich and the poor. Along the Manila waterfront are opulent yachts which contrast dramatically with boats of the poor fishing folk.
Elsewhere plush houses of the wealthy minority underline the gap even further when compared with the ramshackle slums of the notorious Tondo district of Manila - which the Pope will see for himself on Sunday as he goes to the airport to leave for Samoa and Australia.