The Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization (PCNE) is an annual meeting of the Catholic Church of the Philippines organized in view of the 500th anniversary of the evangelization of the country (1521-2021). This year’s celebration, which focused on the theme Filipino Youth: Walking with Jesus, was held at the University of St. Thomas, Manila. About 5,000 delegates from all over the country and from other parts of the world participated in the encounter’s rich program of events, which included conferences, sharing sessions, panel discussions, a “Heart to Heart” talk with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, as well as moments of praise and worship, testimonials, dances and songs.
All the activities highlighted the celebration of 2019 as the Year of Youth so as to discover the world of the new generations and discern how the Church should listen to them, accompany them and meet them in their digital communities.
The programmed activities also sought to address the apparent doubt of young people about the credibility of the Church, in the realization that contemporary youth want a Church that embodies the vision of Christ, that lives the joy of the Gospel and that has confidence in them.
As always, the Daughters of St. Paul took an active role in this important ecclesial event by means of their apostolate and witness.