Message of the Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines for the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization

In response to your letter of 13 July, addressed to the Holy Father, I am pleased to convey to you the following message:

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle Archbishop of Manila

His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Manila will convene the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization from 18 to 22 July 2018, and he sends Fraternal best wishes to you, your brother Bishops, the Clergy, the men and women religious and the Lay Faithful who will participate in it.

As you gather to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Church as communion and explore the necessity of communion-in-mission. He prays that the participants will be challenged to a missionary discipleship and transformation, setting their vision not only within the Philippine archipelago but also to the vast continent of Asia and even beyond.

For “It is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The Joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded “(Evangelii Gaudium, 23).

May everyone find inspiration in the Lord Jesus who manifested the face of the God of mercy in his command that the disciples feed the multitude (cfr. Mark 6:3044).

With these sentiments, His Holiness entrusts all of you to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, and he willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and strength in our Lord.

With assurances of my best wishes, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ, Gabriele Caccia Apostolic Nuncio