Philippine Church reflects on new evangelization in Asia

Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, announced the specifics of the conference to be held from October 16 to 18 at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Philippines
Oct 11 2013, 2:42 PM
Philippine Church reflects on new evangelization in Asia
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

With the international conference dedicated to the ‘new evangelization’ set to begin next week, the Church of the Philippines reflects on its unique contribution to evangelization in Asia.

Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, announced the specifics of the conference to be held from October 16 to 18 at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

About 5,000 representatives from dioceses all over the country and from other Asian countries are expected to attend the event. It will be structured in three intense days, full of catechesis, workshops, and discussions.

According to the schedule of the conference activities, the first day (October 16) is entitled ‘Come and see’ from John 1: 39 and focuses on the theme of the encounter with God. The channels to meet God are the Word of God, prayer, the paths of beauty and art, but also new media.

The second day (October 17), titled ‘Stay with us’ (Luke 24:29), focuses on places of communion and renewal in the church, such as integral formation, liturgy, empowerment of the laity, consecrated life, service to the poor, family, youth, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, mission ad gentes.

On the final day of the conference (October 18), the theme is ‘Duc in altum’ (Luke 5:4) and will speak specifically of the mission. Cardinal Tagle will hold a ‘lectiomagistralis’ regarding ‘The missionary dimension of evangelization’, which will then be the object of comparison for groups of Catholic catechists and educators, laity and ecclesial communities, Caritas workers, families, pastors and community leaders, the consecrated, and youth.

The conference well end with a solemn Eucharist in which those present will renew their baptismal promises; a procession through the streets of Manila will be held. There will also be a message from Pope Francis.

“This is the culminating event of the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese of Manila", said Cardinal Tagle, who recalled how the Church in the Philippines has always had a prominent missionary role in Asia. “Hence, we have invited Bishops, priests and representatives of other Asian Churches, such as delegates from Taiwan, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei,” he said.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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