Pope to Filipinos: Be ‘missionary disciples’ to the world

Pope to Filipinos: Be ‘missionary disciples’ to the world

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (2nd from right) and other bishops attend a Mass to close the first day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion in Manila, July 18, 2018. MARTINA SUMMER DAGAL

By Roy Lagarde

July 18, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has invited the Filipino faithful to be “missionary disciples” who are tasked not only to follow Jesus, but also to change the world.

In his message for the participants of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila, the pope told the Filipinos to go out into the world on a mission and proclaim the Good News.

The pope’s message was relayed through Papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and was read to the PCNE participants gathered at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion in Manila by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Wednesday.

“He prays that the participants will be 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,” Caccia quoted the pope as saying.

Around 2,000 participants, mostly priests and religious men and women, attended the first day of the conference in a country viewed by the Vatican as the “hope of the Church” in Asia.

Now on its 5th year, the call for new evangelization takes into consideration the evolving cultures and ways of thinking influenced by new media.

The 5-day conference’s topics and activities are also related to the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

This year’s keynote speaker is Fr. James Mallon, Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, who will talk on the “Renewed-Leaders for the New Evangelization” on July 19.

Apart from plenary session, there will be 13 tracks of concurrent session on basic ecclesial communities, education, government, family, youth, social media, catechesis, church in mission, new ministry, and new trends in the church.