Holy Father Pope Francis has invited Filipinos to be “missionary disciples” to proclaim the joy of the Gospel. Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia sent the message on the Pope’s behalf to the participants in the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) taking place at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

As reported by Vatican news, In the message, read by His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, during a Mass at the end of the first day of the PCNE, the Pope told Filipinos to go out into the world on a mission and proclaim the Good News. “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,” said the message.

The July 18-22 conference has as its theme: “Moved with Compassion Feed the Multitude.”   The programme of the 5-day conference is related to the celebration of the current Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Around 2,000 participants, mostly priests and religious men and women, attended the first day of the conference.