PALAWAN, May 22, 2014 – Responding to the Church’s call tothe laity to be ‘Saints and be Sent Fourth as Heroes’, youth ministers from different parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) gather today at the Holy Trinity University in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan for a 3-day conference on the New Evangelization.
Amidst the scandal of corruption besieging the country, NCR Regional Youth Coordinator Peter Pardo said in an that the conference also aims to evangelize politics.
Pardo said, “Aside from celebrating the Year of the Laity, we also intend to let the youth know their ministerial work can include evangelizing, not only within Church circles, but also politics,”
According to him, the three-day conference will feature speakers that are involved in the Church and in politics.
Pardo, however, expressed that part of the goal of the conference is to “strengthen the resolve of the youth” regarding the special role they play, not only in the spiritual matters, but also in social ones.
“Though we have a lot of pro-life speakers,the conference is not about RH, but about its effect that we must counter through living a Christ-like life,” added Pardo.
The conference includes a talk by former 2nd District congressman,now Vice-Governor of Palawan Dennis N. Socrates dubbed, “Kabataang May Pananagutan, Bayani ng Bayan.” Surprisingly, Socrates, a devout Catholic, delivered quite an intellectual approach to defend the pro-life position
at the height of the debates of RH Bill in the House of Representatives.
Among the top notch speakers include TV5 news anchor Cheryl Cosim to give a lecture on how to tap media to propagate the New Evangelization.
The 1st Regional Youth Ministers’ Conference formally opened with a holy mass celebrated by Bp. Pedro Arigo Apostolic Vicar of Palawan and Episcopal Commission on Youth chairman Bp. Leopoldo Jaucian of Bangued. (Paul de Guzman)