(CBCP)-  Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is expecting an “explosion of mercy” at the 3rd Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) that will be held in Manila next week. This year’s theme is “Awa, Unawa, Gawa: The Filipino Experience of Mercy” and PCNE 3 is recorded in the Vatican as an official activity for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The three-day event, from July 15-17 will be held at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion in España, Manila. The Manila archbishop will be moderating a sharing of personal stories of mercy and celebrating the Liturgy of Mercy on the first day, and giving the main conference talk on “Missionaries of Mercy” on the third day.

Cardinal Tagle sees this PCNE 3 as a way of going deeper into mercy. At the Mass for the organizers, staff, volunteers and workers, he said PCNE 3 “can be dangerous because it will confront the facts.” “We talk about mercy, we proclaim mercy, but is our evangelizing mode, spirit and action, all the structures that accompany them, are they bearers of mercy?” he said. He lamented the violence that has gripped the world in the past weeks alone: bomb attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Baghdad and how much the world is in need of mercy and compassion.

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