MANILA, Nov. 19, 2009— An international gathering of promoters and devotes of Divine Mercy will open on tomorrow in Manila. [Why this was announced just yesterday, I can't really find the reason why?! Is this on an invitation basis only?]
Organizers said the Asian gathering is a follow-through to the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy held in Rome last year.
The congress will be formally started with a concelebrated Mass to be presided by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, outgoing president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, will then give a welcome message to the participants after the liturgical celebration.
After which, the participants will go on a pilgrimage to the international image of the Divine Mercy at the National Shrine in Marilao, Bulacan.
Special Masses, conferences, testimonies and missionary festivals and shows are also scheduled the following day at the St. Therese’s Diocesan Shrine, Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.
The congress will conclude with a “Missionary Festival” on Sunday, Nov. 22 that will also coincide with the launching of the Divine Mercy Youth for Asia at AMVEL in Sucat, Paranaque.
This year’s theme “Mercy: The Face of the Son of Man in ASIA” was derived from the Papal Exhortation and Post Synodal Document “Ecclesia in Asia” integrated with the most recent Synodal Document in 2008 on the “Word of God” coinciding with the Anniversary of St. Paul and his missionary endeavour as an Apostle.
Msgr Josefino Ramirez, coordinator of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy for Asia and the Oceania, said the theme highlights Christoph Cardinal Schonborn’s message at last year’s Congress “Be Apostles of Mercy.”
He added prominence shall also be given on the scriptural foundation of the Message of Mercy as well as its socio-pastoral dimension in the context of the Church in Asia and its current issues and challenges “Mercy as a Way of Life” and “Mercy as Devotion” in the Liturgy and Sacraments centered on the Eucharist.
Among those expected to attend the congress are the Asian and Oceanian Bishops as well as the Spiritual Directors for the Divine Mercy, Lay Coordinators and delegates representing the various arch/dioceses of each country. (Kate Laceda)
Again there is something wrong with how the Congress was organized.
I am a church worker. I am a Knight of Columbus. WE DO NOT KNOW OF THIS! Again is this on an invitation basis only?
Why not organize it during the Feast of Mercy?
Why oh why?