PASAY City, May 17, 2015—In view of the ongoing Year of the Poor, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) calls on the faithful to take part anew in the forthcoming New Evangelization Conference (NEC) and Catholic Expo, stressing the poor are the presence of Jesus in one another.
“[But] Jesus tells us to fix our gaze on the poor. Because the poor are the presence of Jesus among us. Look at Jesus. Look to the poor. And look at yourself. And then you realize that we are the poor ones of Jesus. And we are Jesus for the world,” says CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in a video invitation.
Jesus is life
According to him, the reason Christians should look at Jesus is because the meaning of life can only be understood in Him.
“Jesus is like our mirror. When you look at Jesus, you see yourself. When you look at Jesus, you see who you really are. Sino tayo sa harap ng Diyos? (Who are we in front of God?),” the prelate asks.
Now on its second year, the New Evangelization Conference (NEC) and Catholic Expo is scheduled on May 30 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia (MOA), Pasay City from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..
As many as 6,000 delegates are expected to attend the whole-day event with its array of talks, testimonies, fora, and expo booths.
500 years of PH Christianity
The Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement explains the conference is a “concrete response to help the poor and empower the laity to evangelize in preparation for the 500th anniversary celebration of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.”
It will also hold the NEC Expo, a large-scale exhibit which will allow Catholic organizations, groups, and parishes to showcase their various efforts at New Evangelization, as well as their contributions to building the “Church of the Poor,” proving that their practices are worth emulating.
Spreading the Gospel
The expo will allow groups and delegates to network with one another and collaborate for the expansion of the work of evangelization.
NEC 2015 is free and open to the public.
For registration information and other updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/700900380027005. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)