Congress on Mercy to focus on youth

Congress on Mercy to focus on youth

By CBCP News

January 17, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The youth will be the center of attention at the upcoming Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM).

More than 2,000 participants are expected to join the biennial gathering, hosted this time by the Archdiocese of Manila on Jan. 24 to 26.

With the theme “Divine Mercy, in Communion with the Young”, it aims to promote and propagate the devotion of Divine Mercy to the “young ones”.

The three-day event, which will be held at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City, will feature religious activities, testimonies, speeches and musical performances.

Among the topics this year are “Selfie syndrome and the image of mercy” by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and “Divine mercy and the battle souls” by known exorcist Fr. Jose Syquia.

The Congress on Mercy will open with a Mass to be presided over by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

The PACOM is part of the worldwide congresses to promote the 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.