Asian evangelisation meet in Manila
Rediscovering and deepening of faith, evangelizing mission of the Church and using modern technology to proclaim the Gospel were subjects on the agenda.
A three-day conference on new evangelization was held from October 16-18 at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. More than 5,000 people from different churches of Asia and a Vatican representative attended the meet.
Rediscovering and deepening of faith, evangelising mission of the Church and using modern technology to proclaim the Gospel were subjects on the agenda.
Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said that the conference was meant "to strengthen the faith of Filipino Catholics and also the Church's mission to serve the poorest elements of society."
Participants discussed their relationship with God, focusing on the experiences of prayer that could lead to a meaningful dialogue with Him. The use of music, art and new media in prayer was discussed.
In his homily during the Eucharistic celebration, Cardinal Tagle of Manila remembered the victims of Tuesday's earthquake and the centuries-old churches that were destroyed.
"It breaks your heart to see ancient churches, milestones of a centuries-old faith, pulverised. We do not even know if they can be rebuilt," he said.
Funds were raised for the earthquake victims. The cardinal said that he hoped the conference would contribute to rebuilding the world through Christ and his word of life.