Cebu marks last day of Symposium, looking forward to the Congress

IMG_9128-LBy Chelzee Salera


The third and last day of the IEC Theological Symposium opened peacefully with a morning prayer. The first plenary speaker was Fr. Thomas Rosica of the Congregation of St. Basil (CSB) who talked about “Evangelizing a Secular World.” During his lecture, Fr. Rosica explained that evangelization should be have the whole world as its field and not just the church. He mentioned Pope Francis as an example of an evangelizer in the field of the world in this generation. Pope Francis underlines urgency, getting out of nostalgia, mercy as a substance of the Gospel message and proclamation, boldness, Gospel joy and gazing at creation with the gaze of Jesus. Fr. Rosica continued that all Christians have the mandate to evangelize and continue with humility. The second plenary speaker, Dr. Josefina Manabat, talked about “A Catechesis on the Sunday Eucharist.” Dr. Manabat is the current Dean of the Graduate School of Liturgy of San Beda College, Manila. The much awaited Congress Proper on January 24 will begin with an opening mass to be held at the Plaza Independencia, Cebu City, Cebu. The mass will be presided by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, D.D., the appointed Papal Legate. Several activities outside the Pavilion will also be accessible to the public. The Visita Iglesia on Jan. 28, 7 to 10 pm will feature a tour of the selected seven churches of Cebu namely: Our Lady of Sacred Heart Parish, Asilo dela Medalla Milagrosa, Redemptorist Parish, Sacred Heart Parish, Sto. Rosario Parish, Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino de Cebu, and the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. A Eucharistic Mass will be held at the Provincial Capitol on Jan. 29, 4 pm, followed by a procession leading to Plaza Independencia. The Statio Orbis Mass will be on Jan. 31, 4 pm at the St. Pedro Calungsod Shrine near the South Road Properties. Different cultural presentations will also be held simultaneously in different areas of Cebu.

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