New Evangelization in Asia Conference to Be Held in the Philippines

Cardinal Tagle Calls Event "Culminating Event of the Year of Faith" in Manila

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A conference dedicated to the New Evangelization in Asia will be held in the Philippines this month. The event, which is part of the Year of Faith, was promoted by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

According to Fides News Agency, 5,000 representatives from various dioceses all over the Philippines as well as other Asian countries will gather at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila throughout three days.

“This is the culminating event of the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese of Manila", Cardinal Tagle said. The Archbishop of Manila stated that the Church in the Philippines has always had a prominent missionary role in Asia. For this reason we have invited Bishops, priests and representatives of other Asian Churches.”

Among the representatives that are expected to attend the conference are delegations from Taiwan, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei.

The first day of the conference will reflect on the various channels to meet God, from the Word of God and prayer to beauty, art and even new media. The second day will focus on several aspects of communion and renewal in the Church, in particular formation, liturgy, laity, consecrated life and the family.

Cardinal Tagle is expected to address the conference on its final day and will speak on the theme “The Missionary Dimension of Evangelization”. The Final Mass will include the renewal of baptismal promises, a procession in the streets of Manila, and a message from Pope Francis.