ASIAN APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY
Rev. Fr. Patrice Chocholski, WACOM Gen. Secretary accepted the suggestion for the Philippines to host the Asian Apostolic Congress On Mercy ’09 (AACOM). It has been set for Nov. 20-21-22, 2009 in Manila, Philippines. Whereas, O.A.C.O.M. took place in Samoa-Apia on July 15-20, 2009.
Thus, on behalf of Cardinal CHRISTOPH SCHONBORN, President, World Apostolic Congress On Mercy, Msgr. Josefino S. Ramirez as COORDINATOR for the Continents of ASIA, has invited Asian & Oceanian Bishops to participate in this significant event together with their duly appointed PRIEST (Spiritual Director for the Divine Mercy), LAY Coordinators and Delegates to represent their Archdiocese/Diocese/Country.
Theme : “MERCY, The Face of the Son of Man in ASIA” derived from the Post Synod Document on "Ecclesia in Asia" integrated with the most recent Synodal Document ’08 on the "Word of God" coinciding with the Anniversary of St. Paul and his Missionary endeavor as an Apostle. The Theme, highlights Cardinal Schonborn’s Message at WACOM : "Be Apostles of Mercy". Likewise, prominence is 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 with its current issues and challenges (Mercy as a Way of Life) ; Mercy as a Devotion implies due attention in the Liturgy and Sacraments centered on the Eucharist. Thus, as an integral whole, Divine Mercy will find its full expression in the Asian Churches as a Mystery, Communion, and
WACOM Asia Secretariat Manila Office prepared the details of the program and other pertinent matters as follows :
Nov. 20 : Grand Opening of AACOM’09 at the Manila Cathedral with a Concelebrated Solemn Mass at 9:00a.m. presided by His Eminence, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, D.D. ; Presentation of Participating Countries, Welcome Address/ Opening Remarks, Keynote Address, Messages, etc. (VIP Lunch at nearest reception area). The participants proceed to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Marilao for the Blessing of the Int’l Image of the Divine Mercy, Benediction, etc. and Cultural Presentations with Dinner
Nov. 21 : Series of Conferences On The Divine Mercy with Eucharistic Celebration and Liturgical Hours as prescribed at the St. Therese’ Diocesan Shrine, AFP Cmpd. ; Socialization at Night ;
Nov. 22 : Missionary Festival among the Poor and Launching of the Divine Mercy Youth for Asia ; AACOM ’09 Closing Rites with Holy Mass and Commissioning for the AACOM’09 Delegates ; *An exclusive meeting of the duly appointed National Coordinators and Spiritual Directors with Fr. Patrice Chocholski & Msgr. Josefino S. Ramirez