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By Christina Hermoso
The sixth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE), which will be held on July 19 to 21, will introduce the local version of Jerusalem’s “Wailing Wall,” where participants can write their prayers on a slip of paper and slip it into crevices or small holes known as prayer spaces.

Catholic priests and lay people hold candles during a Mass to end the first Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, October 18, 2013. (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

Catholic priests and lay people hold candles during a Mass to end the first Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, October 18, 2013. (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

The PCNE said they will be having a labyrinth and prayer walls, which will be placed around the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, venue for the three-day gathering.

“A Prayer Wall is where participants can post their written prayers to the Lord. This practice of placing slips of paper containing written prayers to God is patterned after the Wailing Wall or the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem and the prayer wall in the house of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey,” organizers said.

A labyrinth is where participants will enter a maze-like journey where they will be given the opportunity to concentrate or meditate in silence or in prayer. Counseling and confession will also be held.

With the theme “Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus,” this year’s PCNE will focus on the Filipino youth in line with the Church’s observance of the Year of the Youth as part of the preparations for the 500 Years of Christianity in the country in 2021.

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