MANILA, Oct. 3, 2013— No other than Pope Francis will address Filipinos in a Manila-based conference, signaling a push for the local church to discover new approaches on ‘new evangelization’.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the pope “will be seen” to deliver his message at the closing Mass of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) on October 18.
Tagle said he will get confirmation this week if the pontiff will deliver his message via live stream direct from the Vatican or recorded.
“The Holy Father, who will send a message – that’s a sign that they’re really interested,” Tagle said.
The cardinal earlier said the “the eyes of the Vatican are on us” as its officials are looking forward to the conference that will start on Oct. 16 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
“Rome is interested in how a church in Asia like the Philippines would approach this whole
concern about the new evangelization,” Tagle said.
“I think they are also interested in what the churches in Asia could contribute to the universal church for these new approaches and new methods in evangelization,” he added.
The conference is primarily seeking new approaches to keep the church’s mission to evangelize in synch with the modern times.
The cardinal said the conference also aims to win back dissident Catholics to the church and those who think that going to the church is already “obsolete”.
“So we took these questions and concerns seriously in crafting the program,” Tagle said.
“There will be a lot of storytelling in the workshops. So people will be encouraged to tell their stories and ask their questions,’ he added.
Tagle said that some bishops, priests and laypeople from other Asian countries will also attend the conference.
“At the moment, there are six bishops from different parts of Asia who signified their attendance,” he said. “This is not only unity in the Philippines but also unity in Asia.” (CBCPNews)