San Juan City – Almost 4,000 Catholic delegates consisting of bishops, priests and parishioners and 200 volunteers from all over the country attended the 4th Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM) to join the country-wide devotion on the Divine Mercy, held at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City, January 24-26.
Participants from different dioceses in the Philippines are present − such as the Diocese of Antipolo, Parañaque, Baguio, Cebu and others− to strengthen and uphold their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Mercy.
With a theme “Divine Mercy, in Communion with the Young”, PACOM 4 targets to propagate the devotion of the Divine Mercy to today’s generation with the support from the “young once”.
Likewise, relevant issues involving youth− such as depression, broken relationships, peer pressure and gender identity crisis− were tackled by guest speakers to further understand their emotion and current situations.
For instance, speaker Bro. Gerald Manapsal, a pastoral worker of Youth for Christ (YFC) and Couples for Christ (CFC), pointed out the importance of the role of the family in encouraging children to communicate and share good practices thus transmitting the faith into each member of the family.
“These days, our families are under attack but then what we can do now is to go back to our family, let’s love our family… The best step is to pray as one family”, Manapsal said.
The three-day spiritual event aims to show the goodness of our creator through spiritual and corporal acts of mercy. Its program consisted of holy mass, a series of worships, hour of mercy and several talks and testimonies with group discussions thereafter.
The event began on Thursday starting off with an opening mass and ended on Saturday with a closing mass and a commissioning. (Kate Ann Ferrer/Cubao Social Communications Ministry )
Photo by David Panlilio