CFC ANCOP GLOBAL WALK- EUROPE – 2013

Couples for Christ Europe celebrated the ANCOP Global Walk on 25 August 2013 in solidarity with the global CFC community. As a strong indication that the CFC mission of Building the Church of the Poor is very much alive in Europe, simultaneous walks were held in the following countries (cities):

The Netherlands (Amsterdam)  United with the Global Family of Couples for Christ, CFC Netherlands joined the ANCOP Global Walk that happened around the globe!

Joined by Bro Joe Yamamoto, member of the CFC Board of Elders and outgoing CFC IC Continental Overseer for Europe, and his wife Sis Mila Yamamoto, the entire CFC Netherlands family purposely walked around Stadspark Osdorp in Amsterdam with the welfare of our needy brethren in the Philippines in mind and heart. Every step taken during this walk is a leap towards giving an ANCOP Scholar a brighter future.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vienna, Austria CFC Vienna joined AGW 2013!
 
This year, many people joined the walk as the Filipino chaplaincy endorsed and supported the walk for scholars. All the four priests joined this year’s AGW which culminated in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist!Everyone looks forward to next year’s walk which promises to be an even bigger one!
 
 
 
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Belgium (Brussels) -  CFC Belgium’s first ANCOP Global walk was held at the majestic Parc du Cinquantenaire.
The event was participated in by people of all ages from CFC and its family ministries (KFC, YFC, SFC, HOLD and SOLD) and their friends, work colleagues and acquaintances. Moreover, representatives from the Philippine Embassy and various organizations like Las Damas De Rizal, Coalition of Filipino Association in Belgium and Ugnayang Pilipino sa Belgium. The event was blessed by presence of Bro. Joe Yamamoto, outgoing IC Continental Overseer for CFC Europe, who joined in the walk after his pastoral mission in The Netherlands.
The walk started with a prayer led by Bro. Romeo Medina, CFC Belgium ANCOP Coordinator, followed by the welcome and thank-you message from Bro. Cesar Ambrocio, CFC Belgium Country Head.
 
 
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Ireland ( Belfast) CFC Northern Ireland brethren from Belfast walked the extra mile by going all the way to the Knock Shrine in Mayo and held their walk on the Holy Ground! It will be recalled that this AGW site was visited by CFC Europe during the pilgrimage after the mega conference .
 
UPDATE: Our brethren from CFC Dublin- our 18th CFC Mega- conference host will hold their own ANCOP Walk on 28 September. Understandably, they needed more time to organize after coming from the Megacon hosting. But their faith and resolve led them to this walk 
 
 
 
 
 
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Italy (Bassano del Grappa) Around 150 walkers from Como, Milan, Padova, Vicenza and host Bassano del Grappa gathered in this historic northern city to join the ANCOP Global Walk!
The participants were accompanied three priests, Fr. Mauro Lazzarato (Director of Migrants in Vicenza based in Scalabrini Missionary), Fr. Paulino Bumanglag of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Vicenza and Fr. Sonny, a visiting priest from Rome. Walkers carried placards with inscription, “Cammina per poveri!” (Walk for the poor).
This first CFC Italy ANCOP walk signals the start of a beautiful tradition of walking for the poor that has the potential to become even bigger considering that CFC Italy has strong presence in fifteen cities/provinces.
 
 
 
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Switzerland (Geneva) CFC Switzerland brethren walked twice longer in their second ANCOP Global Walk!
Around 170 walkers gathered in Parc du Pommier in Geneva and marched towards Place des Nations in front of the United Nations Office.The evening before, brethren prayed for fair weather even as they agreed that the AGW would proceed, rain or shine! It was one intercessory prayer answered! The Lord made sure the Swiss AGW would be bright and sunny!
While in Place des Nations, the walkers posed for picture before the “Broken Chair” and proceeded back to the Parc du Pommier for the concluding celebration of the Holy Mass and community lunch.
 
 
 
 
United Kingdom ( Five regions)  CFC UK conducted its simultaneous walks in five different regions, namely: the Central; South; Yorkshire/Midlands/Isle of Man; Northeast and Scotland. The Filipino Channel (TFC) covered the London event and will be aired on Sunday, September 1, 2013 thru its program “Balitang Europe” .

Our deepest thanks to the CFC-UK community and sponsors for supporting this event.