PASAY City, May 30, 2014—In response to the Church´s call to spread the Good News, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in tandem with the “Live Christ, Share Christ” movement, invites the public to the first ever “New Evangelization Conference” on June 7, 2014 (Saturday) at the SMX Mall of Asia Hall 1 in Pasay City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, who is expected is to open the day-long event, said, “Evangelization is Jesus in my heart reaching out to your heart. … Evangelization is not telling people what to do. It is telling people what God has done for us, and God has gone all the way to show His love for us.”
Villegas shared, “We have been touched by the love of Christ. And we who have been touched by the love of God must tell and retell the story of Jesus. The world, the society are looking for joy… for meaning. That joy, that meaning can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The prelate stressed, “We who have met Jesus Christ have a duty to share Him with the rest of the world. It is not a matter of will power… of me liking it. It is the grace of God.”
He called on the faithful to pray that more people receive the Gospel and that it may be shared “cheerfully, happily generously with the rest of society.” A Catholic Expo at 10 a.m. is set to feature Eternal World Television Network, Word and Life Publications, Radyo Veritas 846, Pauline Books and Media, Caritas Manila, and many other Catholic organizations and sponsors. Other activities lined up are conference sessions in the afternoon on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, the significance of “Choose to Be Brave” slogan, and the “Live Christ, Share Christ” movement.
The event is in preparation for the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021. Admission is free. To register, do any of the following:
1. Text: Register your name and parish/org through the secretariat: 09257191983.
2. Online: Click the link and fill up the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18ud8Lro9nWnwz_OCF5KUA65BLQ9tCvJBQoAWtXHWOqk/viewform?edit_requested=true
3. Facebook: Go to the event page and press “Going”: https://www.facebook.com/events/230956937094708/?source=1 For more information, visit the “Live Christ, Share Christ” Facebook page. (Raymond A. Sebastián)