Tagle emphasizes need for pre-papal visit formation

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MANILA, Nov. 25, 2014 — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle emphasized the need to conduct formation program in parishes, schools, and lay organizations all over the country to prepare the faithful for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on Jan. 15-19, 2014.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (Photo: CBCPNews)

“As we pray for the spiritual and pastoral fruitfulness of the Pope’s visit, let us also explore it as a catechetical moment,” he said, encouraging the faithful to use the formation program which aims to help Filipinos know more about the Pope, as well as the significance of the upcoming apostolic visit.

In a recent pastoral letter issued by Tagle, who also chairs the Central Committee for Papal Visit 2015, said the formation program on the Pope’s visit, which is designed for small group settings, can be conducted in parishes, schools, neighborhood BECs, prayer meetings and other church gatherings all over the country.

There are four sessions in each formation kit or one module for each of the four months leading up to January 2015: 1) The Pope; 2) The Pope and the Catholic Church; 3) The Pope and the Philippine Church; and 4) The Pope and Us.

Aside from conducting the sessions, facilitators are also encouraged to print the formation program in book-form or as comics to guide the readers through the sessions.

Priests are also encouraged to use the modules as a homily guide for Sunday masses to prepare their parishioners for the Pope’s visit.

The formation program will also introduce the 2015 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) and will help the faithful foster community dialogue, prayer, and solidarity.

He said the Steering Committee chaired by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas, developed the formation modules that were disseminated to different parishes. (Lou Echano Dominguiano/CBCPNews)

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