By Leslie Ann Aquino
Pope Francis is pleased with the holding of the Fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization.
Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Caccia said the Holy Father was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Manila will convene the PCNE.
“He sends his fraternal best wishes to you, your brother bishops, the clergy, the men and women religious and the lay faithful who will participate in it,” the nuncio said in a message read by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Wednesday, during a Mass at the end of the first day of the PCNE.
Caccia said it is the prayer of the pontiff that the participants will be challenged to a “missionary discipleship” and “transformation”.
“He prays that the participants will be challenged to a missionary discipleship and transformation setting their vision not only within the Philippine archipelago but also to the vast continent of Asia and even beyond,” he said.
“For ‘it is vitally important for the church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all places on all occasions without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The joy of the Gospel is for all people. No one can be excluded. Evangelii Gaudium 23)’,” added Caccia.
“May everyone find inspiration to the Lord Jesus who manifested the face of the God of Mercy in His command that the disciples feed the multitude,” said the nuncio.
PCNE was introduced by Cardinal Tagle in 2013 as a local response to the call of a new evangelization. It was first held from October 16 to 18, 2013 with the theme “God makes all things new (Rev 21:5)”.
PCNE I focused on rekindling the ardor of evangelization and renewal of faith experience in the local and Asian context.
The PCNE, which will run until July 22, is currently being held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.