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Manila families' meeting organiser satisfied with registration count

An organiser of the Fourth World Meeting of Families said she is satisfied with the number of people expected to attend the Manila gathering, despite the pope's absence and a recent US travel warning.

"I am satisfied with the numbers, and I am grateful no one has informed us they are backing out," said Henrietta de Villa, executive secretary of the central committee for this weekend's meeting and the congresses taking place this week.

The meetings on the theme The Christian Family: Good News for the Third Millennium include a three-day International Theological Pastoral Congress, a Sons' and Daughters' Congress and other festivities.

On 10 January the US State Department re-issued its November travel warning of a high level of terrorist threat for Americans in the Philippines. By 15 January, some 4,700 people had registered for the meetings, and some had already arrived in Manila.

Catholic News Service

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22 Jan 2003