By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE4) will be held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila beginning July 28 with two Vatican officials in attendance.
Archbishop Salvatore Rino Fisichella, D.D., the president of the Pontifical Council on New Evangelization, will keynote the conference on the theme “Being Christian in the age of indifference” during the second day of PCNE 4, on July 29.
Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, D.D., the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations is set to talk on “The role of the Church among community of nations” on the third day, July 30.
On July 28, the first day,Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D. will preside over the opening mass as well as lead the plenary session about the stories of conversion and communion. The theme for the first day is “Heart Encounters,” and invites the participants to open their hearts to Jesus.
The second day will focus on the challenges that the Church, as a community of disciples of Jesus, has to face today, with the talks to center on the theme “Making Room”.
The third day of PCNE4, with a theme “Embracing Mission”, will tackle the primary tasks of Christians as missionary disciples.
Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be ten (10) tracks of concurrent sessions on school, catechist, family, youth, new media and evangelization, social justice, new movements, ecology, interreligious/intercultural/
The PCNE was introduced by Cardinal Tagle in 2013 as a local response to the call of new evangelization. Held from October 16 to 18, PCNE I focused on rekindling the ardor of evangelization and renewal of faith experience in the local and Asian context with the theme “God makes all things new (Rev 21:5)”.
The second PCNE was held from January 15 to 17, 2015 during the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines. The theme of PCNE II was “Blessed are you… (Matthew 5:1-12)” and was intended to reflect on The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 and the radical revolution it demands.
PCNE 3 was held from July 15 to 17, 2016. With the theme “Awa, Unawa, Gawa: The Filipino Experience of Mercy”. Last year’s conference was aimed at mining the richness of God’s mercy and the trinkets of our Filipino culture.
For this year, the theme of PCNE is “Of One Heart and Soul (Acts 4:32)”, which aims to celebrate the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
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