By Christina Hermoso
More than 2,000 participants are expected to attend the biennial gathering of the Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM) on January 24 to 26 at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
To be hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila, this year’s theme “Divine Mercy in Communion with the Young,” aims to promote and spread devotion to the Divine Mercy among the youth. The theme is also in line with the local Church’s observance of the Year of the Youth.
Several activities will be held during the three-day event including talks, testimonials, and musical performances. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David will talk about the “Selfie syndrome and the image of mercy” while known exorcist Rev. Fr. Jose Syquia will discuss “Divine mercy and the battle souls”
Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia will preside over the opening mass.
The PACOM is part of the worldwide congresses that aims to promote devotion to the Divine Mercy. It emanates from the triennial World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM), and from it comes the Asian Apostolic Congress on Mercy (AACOM).
Introduced by the Vatican in 2008, the first-ever WACOM in Rome coincided with the third death anniversary of St. John Paul II. It was last held in the Philippines in 2017, which drew more than 6,000 local and foreign delegates.