by Ms. Aldenne Joy Go
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University of Santo Tomas, Manila – From the 28th to 30th of July this year, the Philippine Convference on New Evangelization (PCNE) convened for the fourth time. It was spearheaded by the Archbishop of Manila and chairman of the said event, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. The Christian Life Education (CLE) teachers from the grade school, high school and college attended as representatives of the school.
This year’s theme was taken from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4: 32), “Of One Heart and Soul” which guided the participants on the Good News of Jesus who conquered sin and death, on what it means to be His disciple in the world of disbelief and on how faith can change the world.
The PCNE 4 continued the three episodes as a local response to the call of new evangelization. It was another invitation for men to gather and be transformed by the Holy Spirit into a people of one Bread, one Body, one Lord, one Heart and Soul.
The three-day conference opened with the celebration of the Holy Mass which was called the “Misa ng Bayan”. It featured Filipino traditions such as the “Mano po” and hospitality. PCNE’s highlights were seen again in its fourth year such as the “Heart to Heart with the Cardinal” which welcomed Dingdong Dantes, Alden Richards, Dimples Romana, and the concurrent sessions which were held in different parts of the university.
Also featured in the three-day conference were the Ecclesia Peregrines: Refugees, Migrants, and Martyrs of Manila, a gallery showing the lives of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon of Japan. The SRO Music Ministry, the Nightingales, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, Teatro Tomasino, and the Sisters of Mary Schools shared their talents in the PCNE 4.
The event ended with a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Most Reverend Salvatore Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Archbishop Fisichella also commissioned catechists in the said Eucharist.