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Vatican 'looking forward' to Asian faith meeting

"The eyes of the Vatican are on us," says Cardinal Tagle

Vatican 'looking forward' to Asian faith meeting

Manila archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle reporter, Manila

September 23, 2013

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Manila archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said Vatican officials are looking forward to the Asian faith conference that will be held in Manila next month.

"The eyes of the Vatican are on us," Tagle said in a statement released by his office at the weekend.

The Manila prelate said the Vatican Office of the New Evangelization and the Synod of Bishops are eager to know and experience the activities prepared for the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization, to be held October 16-18 in Manila.

He said the Asian gathering aims to counter "secularist influences" hounding the Church in Asia and to respond to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s call to rediscover and deepen the Catholic faith.

"The challenge was not just to focus on the negatives or the shadows found in the world but also on the opportunities for mission," Tagle said.

He said he hopes delegates will be directed toward the "rediscovery and rejuvenation of their faith, keeping the Church’s mission of new evangelization in synch with the modern times."

The Manila meeting will carry a "tripartite objective" of "creating an experience of God in the context of the challenges of the new millennium, strengthening bonds of communion, and providing avenues of inspiration and direction imbued with the spirit of new evangelization."

Dubbed as the "grand climax" of the Year of Faith celebration in Manila, the three-day conference will features talks, workshops, and activities that tackle "modern day approaches to deepen one’s faith and spirituality."

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