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Samoa in Oceania to host next Mercy congress

Samoa in Oceania to host next Mercy congress

Samoan delegates show their national flag after the announcement that the 5th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy in 2020 will take place in their country.

BAGAC, Bataan, Jan. 20, 2017—  The 5th World Apostolic Congress in Mercy will be held in Oceania in 2020, an official of WACOM has announced on Friday.

Fr. Patrick Chocholski, Secretary General of WACOM, said it will be hosted in Samoa, Samoa is a country comprising the westernmost group of the Samoan Islands, in Polynesia.

“Do you know where next WACOM will take place? It has been decided that it will be in year 2020 in Apia, Samoa, Polynesia,” Chocholski said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Held every after three years, Samoa will be hosting the event just held in the Philippines this week, which drew more than 6,000 local and international participants.

Chocholski made the announcement on the last day of the WACOM currently being held Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan.

The WACOM is a gathering of Divine Mercy devotees and promoters, among whom are bishops, priests, religious brothers and sisters, and laity from the around the world.

The Philippines has presented the five-day event as a “pilgrimage of mercy” bringing the delegates to different holy places each day.

Introduced by the Vatican in 2008, the first ever WACOM in Rome coincided with the third death anniversary of St. John Paul II.

Aside from Bataan, the other venues were the Manila Cathedral, University of Santo Tomas, National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, and the Diocese of Balanga. (CBCPNews) 

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