What to expect from the 3rd ‘new evangelization’ confab

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Manila Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads a candle-lighting ceremony to close the 1st Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the UST in Manila, October 18, 2013. (CBCPNews file photo)

MANILA, July 7, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is expecting an “explosion of mercy” at the 3rd Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) that will be held in Manila next week.

This year’s theme is “Awa, Unawa, Gawa: The Filipino Experience of Mercy” and PCNE 3 is recorded in the Vatican as an official activity for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

The three-day event, from July 15-17 will be held at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion in España, Manila.

The Manila archbishop will be moderating a sharing of personal stories of mercy and celebrating the Liturgy of Mercy on the first day, and giving the main conference talk on “Missionaries of Mercy” on the third day.



Cardinal Tagle sees this PCNE 3 as a way of going deeper into mercy. At the Mass for the organizers, staff, volunteers and workers, he said PCNE 3 “can be dangerous because it will confront the facts.”

“We talk about mercy, we proclaim mercy, but is our evangelizing mode, spirit and action, all the structures that accompany them, are they bearers of mercy?” he said.

He lamented the violence that has gripped the world in the past weeks alone: bomb attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Baghdad and how much the world is in need of mercy and compassion.

Sharers of stories of mercy will also come from varied experiences, among them are: Girlie Lorenzo of Kythe Foundation, Letlet Aquino, who works with PWD and Arko ng Pilipinas, Rita Avila, actress and writer, Melai Cantiveros, TV host and actress, and Ben Mendoza, who works with refugees in the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees. Cardinal Tagle will facilitate the panel discussion.

Organizers added that there will also be other major talks on mercy. Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ, will discuss “The Scandalous Mercy of God: A Theological and Musical Reflection on the Parable of the Prodigal Son” on the first day and Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ, will explore “The Anthropological View of Mercy, Filipino Perspective” on the second day.

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David will preside the Mass on the second day, while Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto will celebrate the closing Mass.

Aside from the main conferences there will be nine concurrent sessions delving on mercy among specific sectors and communities.

Among those handling these sessions are former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban whose topic is “On the Basis of Love: Malasakit sa Bayan ni Juan de la Cruz; ecological advocate Fr. Dexter Toledo, OFM, on “Hele sa Naghihinagpis na Lupa: Caring for Our Common Home” and Dr. Roel Cagape, Bayaning Pilipino Award for Service to the People of Mindanao.” (Glenn Figuracion/CBCPNews)

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