Monday, 21 January 2019 04:32

PACOM 4 to focus on youth

The young people will be the focus of attention at the Fourth Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM 4) from January 24-26, 2019, at the Filoil Flying V Center, San Juan, Metro Manila.

Dubbed with the theme “The Divine Mercy in Communion with the Young,” PACOM 4 aims to promote and propagate the devotion of Divine Mercy to the young people. 

The three-day event is in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth as part of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Caccia will preside the Opening Mass on January 24, at 10:15 in the morning with Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, WACOM Asia Episcopal Coordinator as homilist.  He will also give the first talk on “Divine Mercy for You(th)” that aims to deepen the youth’s devotion to the Divine Mercy.

On the same day, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Vice President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will give the second talk at 1:15 p.m. He will tackle the topic “IMG (I Am God) Selfie Syndrome and the Image of the Divine Mercy.” The talk aims to explain the ill effects of this phenomenon and to teach young people how to make Christ the center of their lives.

On January 25, second day, Fr. Michael La Guardia, SDB will deliver the third talk at 9 a.m. entitled "N-Chances from No to Nfinity – healing from a broken relationship through the Divine Mercy". He will share the multiple ways how God’s infinite mercy can mend broken relationships.

At 10:45 a.m., Fr. Joel Jason of the Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life will give the fourth talk on “Love Despite Regret (LDR)”. The talk aims to provide participants with an understanding of the Divine Mercy's love and what it entails.

The last talk will be about “Immortal Combat – Divine Mercy and the battle for souls” to be given Fr. Jose Francisco Syquia, Chief Exorcist Priest, Archdiocese of Manila. He will enlighten the participants of the Divine Mercy's power to strengthen souls, giving a whole new meaning to "Immortal Combat."

Antipolo  Bishop Francisco De Leon will preside the closing Mass at 3 p.m. on the last day of PACOM 4 on January 26.

PACOM is part of the worldwide congresses to promote the devotion to the Divine Mercy. It emanates from the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM), and from it comes the Asian Apostolic Congress on Mercy (AACOM).

It was held in the following places: Lipa, Batangas (2012); El Salvador, Cagayan de Oro (2014); Bacolod, Negros Occidental (2016).

This year, it will be held at San Juan City, Manila, Philippines. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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