PALO,Leyte – As the Naval Bishop Emeritus Filomeno G. Bactol opened the First Regional Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy Saturday morning he applauded the “strong devotion to the Divine Mercy in Leyte and Samar.”
Bishop Bactol, in his homily during the mass to formally open the two-day congress, said he was overwhelmed to see a big number of devotees of the Divine Mercy coming from the various dioceses in Leyte and Samar.
He encouraged the devotees to continue with their strong devotion to the Divine Mercy and asked them to be real witness of Jesus Christ to their neighbors.
“The Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated by the entire Church on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter, observed by Roman Catholic and it is promoted through the devotion of Saint Faustina Kowalska,” the Bishop reminded.
More than 1,000 devotees attended the first congress organized by the Palo Divine Mercy Desk in the Archdiocese of Palo through Rev.Fr. Irvy Davy Lajara, the priest in charge.
Last Day of the Congress
Palo Archbishop John F. Du will officiate the Holy Eucharist that concluded the two-day congress.
Fr. Lajara said the two-day gathering aims to establish networking and communion among the Diocesan Divine Mercy Groups in Region 8, to set up structure that will assist each diocese in formally organizing Divine Mercy devotion and home evangelization and to be nourished by Divine Mercy teachings vis-a-vis the CBCP Theme of the Year and the context of each diocese.
”The Apostolic Congress celebration is even made more special for the Divine Mercy Home Evangelization is now a Desk at the Office of the New Evangelization of the Holy Father in Rome, Italy,” he added.
The congress had the theme ‘Divine Mercy in the Renewal of the Church’ which was tackled by various renowned speakers. (Nestor L. Abrematea)