The Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy will be held in Northern Mindanao on April 29, 30, May 1 and 2, 2013

WACOM 2014 BOGOTA COLOMBIA

Upcoming World Congress on Mercy first time in Latin America !

Colombian bishops and Cardinal Schönborn, President of the Congress, expect a lot of participants from the whole world in Bogota.

Upcoming World Congress on Mercy first time in Latin America !

Colombian bishops and Cardinal Schönborn, President of the Congress, expect a lot of participants from the whole world in Bogota. Video Press Conference

New entry to the Gospel

Msgr. Garcia announced that, during the meeting, « Â Divine Mercy will be very significant for the missionary strengths of the Church.  » The South American Bishop is encharged of the preparation of the Congress by the Colombian Bishop’s Conference. After Rome (2008) and Cracow (2011), it is the first time that the World Divine Mercy Congress will take place outside Europe. Cardinal Schönborn notices the Colombian capital has been chosen for its ability to focus on the heart of the Gospel and to offer an inspiration for the Church today.

The Congress will express how the theme of Mercy is central for Christian life today. Through Divine Mercy, more and more people find a new access to the Gospel.

« Â Without mission, the Church dies  »

« Â Without mission, the Church dies  » Msgr. Garcia said. The missionary impulse of the christian communities is possible only on condition of a personal experience of Mercy. This personal conversion and also a pastoral conversion are determinant for the future of the Church. Mercy means, we do not wait for the people to come to us ; instead, we need to go to meet them, from door to door, to bring them the message of Mercy. « Â If a parish is not missionary, it has got no mercy  », Msgr. Garcia said. The Colombian Church expects from the Congress a strong impulse for the renewing of the Church and an input to stable peace in a wounded country (civil wars, conflicts for drug). « Â The way of Divine Mercy is for us a way of trust, because Colombia needs a way of peace.  », the Istmina Bishop said.

Divine Mercy as a paradigm

Divine Mercy is a key-word of John Paul II’s Pontificate (1978-2005). During the Jubilee (2000), he introduced the first Sunday after Easter as Feast of the Divine Mercy and canonized Sister Faustine Kowalska (1905-1938), whose visions had a determinant incidence for the spirituality of Mercy. John Paul II, indeed, died on Divine Mercy eve. During his last pilgrimage to Poland (2002) he blessed, in Cracow, the new shrine of the Divine Mercy. At this time, he insisted : « Outside Divine Mercy, there is no source of hope for humankind.  »

Common theme for the future

The idea of the Divine Mercy Congress is born after Pope Wojtylas death at a meeting of bishops and priests with Cardinal Schönborn in Cracow, willingly encouraged by Pope Benedict. The Congress will propose talks, testimonies and possibilities to meet one another, prayer, as usual, will be an essential part.

Besides the World congresses, there is also an important deployment of congresses including continental and national congresses, Father Patrice Chocholski said : “ As an example, at the end of October, the second Asian Congress on Mercy will take place in Bangkok.†The French priest points out that Buddhist communities will also participate to this three days meeting in Thailand.

As General Secretary of the World Congresses and parish priest in Lyon, he specifies : “ This indicates that Catholics, other Christians and Buddhist are convinced that Mercy is a common and determinant theme to be shared in view of the future globalization.â€

For further information, please see http://www.wacom2014.org/ Vienne-Bogota, Press Conference 25/09/2012 RED KAP www.erzdioezese-wien.at

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