By Tyler Orsburn
MANILA — Everyone — rich or poor — wants to look his or her best when greeting the pope.
Today volunteers at a three-year-old program to assist the homeless at Manila’s Ermita Church made sure their clients will be ready for the pope’s arrival Thursday. The program, run by the Knights of Columbus and the Lions’ Club, offered clean clothes, haircuts and a shower.
More than 200 people showed up in the first hour, and in addition to getting spiffed up, they were offered food and a medical checkup. Volunteers also explained the importance of Pope Francis’ visit.
Senen Luna, chairman of the program at Ermita, and Dr. Primitivo D. Chua, the program’s founder and a fourth degree Knight, said they expected to help about 1,000 people today feel prepared to greet the pope and participate in his Mass Sunday at Rizal Park.