Historic Congress Set to Open

The third World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM) will be held Aug. 15-19, in Bogota, Colombia, and registration is still open.

The Congress will offer the opportunity "to study, to reflect on, to celebrate the message and reality of the richness and power of God's mercy," says Fr. Kaz Chwalek, MIC, in the video below. "[God's mercy] is the very core of our faith and our hope and our life."

Father Kaz, a member of the Congress' organizing body, invites you to Bogota for what will surely be an historic event:

??To register, visit the official Congress website at WACOMColombia.org.

According to WACOM General Secretary Fr. Patrice Chocholoski, Pope Francis has taken a personal interest in the Congress, particularly since it's being held in the Holy Father's home continent of South America. Following the consistory to create new cardinals in February, 17 cardinals presented the Holy Father with a letter about the Congress, and "he got directly involved in WACOM III," Fr. Patrice said.

The upcoming Congress is being backed by an impressive list of cardinals from around the world, including Sean Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap, archbishop of Boston; Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow; Rubén Cardinal Salazar Gómez, archbishop of Bogotá; Francis Cardinal Arinze, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments; Marc Cardinal Ouellet, PSS, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; Audrys Cardinal Backis, archbishop Emeritus of Vilnius; Philippe Cardinal Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon; Josip Cardinal Bozani?, archbishop of Zagreb; George Cardinal Pell, archbishop of Sydney; Franc Cardinal Rodé, CM, prefect emeritus of Congregation for Religious; and many others.??

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, continues to serve as Congress president.??


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