“Let us continue to show the face of Jesus through acts of mercy,” said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his Homily during the Eucharistic Celebration at the Manila Cathedral that officially opened the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) on January 16, 2017.
Addressing approximately 5,000 delegates from more than 40 countries worldwide, he cited the important role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of Mercy that was first manifested at the wedding in Cana, “who directs us to Jesus.”
He urged the faithful to open their hearts to the Son of God and to practice the culture of mercy with humility, saying, “There is no human need that Jesus cannot address…When we do works of mercy, it’s not about us, it’s the work of Jesus and we cannot boast because we are products of mercy ourselves.”
Cardinal Tagle reminded everyone that on the same day, January 16, two years ago, Pope Francis presided a Eucharistic Celebration at the Manila Cathedral during his Papal and Apostolic Visit to the Philippines whose theme was “Mercy and Compassion,” which parallels to WACOM4’s theme, “Communion of Mercy, Mission of Mercy.”
The Eucharistic celebration was officiated by the Most Rev. Guiseppe Pinto, D.D., Apostolic Nuncio of the Philippines, with bishops and priests from different parts of the world. Among them was Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., who wished the WACOM4 delegates all the best.
“My dear people, the face of Jesus is the face of God’s own mercy and that is what we are celebrating in this congress,” he said in an interview conducted after the Holy Mass.
Meanwhile, Diocese of Novaliches’ Divine Mercy Apostolate Spiritual Director Fr. Aris de Leon, congratulated all the delegates for attending the Congress and the Apostolic Nuncio and Cardinal Tagle for a meaningful mass.
“The message is for all of us to deepen our mercy for others and that it should be seen not only in words but in our action,” he said.
WACOM is an international gathering of Divine Mercy devotees and promoters, and it was first held in Rome, coinciding with the third death anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II. It is held every three years.
For WACOM 4, Pope Francis has nominated French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, as his special envoy to talk about “Being Sent as a Church of God’s Mercy to the World” during the congress’ last day at the Diocese of Balanga in Bataan. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)
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