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French cardinal to represent pope at 'mercy' meeting

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin expected to deliver papal message to 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy in Manila

January 9, 2017

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French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin will be Pope Francis' envoy to the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy that will be held in Manila from Jan. 16 to 20.

Cardinal Barbarin, 66, has been Archbishop of Lyon since 2002. He was made a cardinal in 2003 and joined the conclaves that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Pope Francis in 2013.

The papal legate is also expected to deliver the pope’s message to participants at the international church event.

The congress will feature a wide array of speakers including Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna.

With the theme "Communion in Mercy; Mission for Mercy," the gathering aims to accelerate the "culture of mercy" in the church and in the world.

"We hope that this important event in the universal Church could be a moment to nurture the fruits of the Holy Year of Mercy," said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.


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