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One big challenge for the World Apostolic Congress in Manila is to counter the culture of death in the Philippines

Mercy in the midst of merciless killings

Family members show grief upon learning of the death of a loved one, a victim of a summary killing, in Manila. (Photo by Vincent Go)

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Catholics from all over the world — some 4,000 of them — will meet in the Philippines later this month to talk about mercy. 

What a timely and opportune time for this predominantly Catholic country, which has been witness to the "merciless killings" of some 6,000 people in the past six months, to start the year.

Although the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy was planned way before the spate of summary executions, the meeting comes at the most perfect time.

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