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Largest annual event for developing the faith

HONG KONG (SE): The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in California, the United States, claims to be the largest annual gathering in the world of bishops, priests, catechists, lay ministers and young people. The four-day event, held at the Anaheim Convention Centre from March 21 to 24 this year, attracted over 40,000 people. 
 
Begun in 1968 as a venue for religious education for catechists, the congress has grown to include people of all walks of life. 
 
This year, more than 200 speakers presented over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment and evening concerts. The event is also a meeting place for prominent Christian publishers and religious communities from around the globe. 
 
The world’s leading and popular theologians and speakers steered the workshops from which participants could choose their preferred speakers or topics to attend. 
 
Eric Li, who hails from Hong Kong and now works as an aerospace engineer in Los Angeles, called the event an occasion for the development of faith. 
 
“I think this event is an opportunity to celebrate God and the love of his people. It is also a great opportunity to be inspired and informed and perhaps even transformed. To my friends, I call the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress the Love Fest. There are people hugging, laughing and there is a general sense of well being at this convention. After all, isn’t that what God wants for us, to share in his love, to offer hope and support to one another and share our gifts with each other. I think so, and I can only hope that I too help in my small way to set the world afire,” Eric said. 
 
International wings of number of religious congregations and Catholic publishing houses are regular participants at the congress.
 
Pastoral Bible Foundation and Claretian Publications, a Hong Kong-based Catholic publishing group, was one among over a 100 Catholic publishers at the event. 

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