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New Evangelisation conference in Manila comes to a close with bishops Auza and Fisichella

by Santosh Digal

The University of Santo Tomas hosted 7,000 delegates on 28-30 July. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, a native of Talibon (Philippines), urged those present to work for peace in families. Italian Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation, called for action to promote the dignity of human life as the moral responsibility of everyone.

Manila (AsiaNews) – The 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelisation, which took place from 28 to 30 July at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, reiterated the commitment to evangelisation.

"The most reverberating message of the conference was a gentle reminder for all of us that we all need to commit ourselves to evangelise our families, societies and people with Gospel values," said Mary Garcia, a participant, speaking to AsiaNews.

Ms Garcia was one of the 7,000 delegates who attended the event, among them bishops, priests, nuns, youth, women and students from across the country.

All activities were geared towards seeking and introducing new methods to evangelise effectively among cultures and societies.

The focus of the conference was to discern and evolve new ways to promote evangelisation through new media, new movements, the environment, and interreligious dialogue.

One of the noted speakers was Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and a native of Talibon, Bohol (Philippines).

The prelate urged participants to pray the Rosary daily and entrust the country to Blessed Mother. He also urged everyone to promote peace and solidarity in families.

Then came the time of Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation. In his address, he exhorted everyone to promote human dignity as a moral responsibility.

"For us,” he said, “life is important because life for us is a gift from the Lord. So we should defend and promote life.”

Speaking against the backdrop of drug-related killings spearheaded by current Philippine president and a strong push for artificial contraception, a law that was enacted since previous president, Archbishop Fisichella said that Catholic social teaching implores the faithful to work towards the protection of the right to life through effective and peaceful means.

Card Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila also spoke at the 4th Conference on New Evangelisation, saying that proclaiming Jesus and his message is a daily activity incumbent upon all Christians.

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