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Transcript of Pope Francis’ message to the 51st IEC

Transcript of Pope Francis’ message to the 51st IEC

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet all of you gathered in Cebu for the Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress. I thank Cardinal Bo, who is my representative among you, and I offer a special greeting to Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop Palma and the bishops, priests and faithful in Cebu. I also greet Cardinal Tagle and all the […]

5,000 kids in Cebu receive First Communion at IEC

CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – The Cebu City Sports Complex was filled to capacity Saturday as 5,000 Catholic boys and girls marked a milestone in their spiritual lives by receiving their First Communion. “I’m happy and glad [to be in this event],” said eight-year old Maryst Norña Donque of Cebu South, one of thousands […]

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Church mounts record-setting media coverage for 51st IEC

  CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – In a first in the modern history of International Eucharistic Congresses (IEC), the Church mounted a massive, multiplatform media coverage of the 51st staging of the IEC in the Philippines, involving 15 organizations and 250 personnel. “It’s actually a lot of firsts, in  broadcast, print, radio and social […]

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Meet the seminarians of the IEC Chapel

CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – In the hustle and bustle of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), the Adoration Chapel of the IEC Pavilion serves as the reserved space for silent contemplation and adoration with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  Unknown to the thousands who went there to pray, adore and confess their sins […]

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Korean journo impressed by Pinoy’s passion for faith

CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – A South Korean journalist covering the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) has shared her impression of the faith of Filipinos, noting the honor and passion they show in being Catholics. “Philippine Catholics are proud and passionate. They surprised me, and I was very pleased,” declared Cristina Eunyoung Kim, who […]

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Papal legate to elderly – Smile more!

CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016— Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar, is telling the elderly to lighten up and smile more. In a visit to a home for the aged managed by the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by soon-to-be canonized Teresa of Calcutta, on Saturday, the cardinal urged the elderly […]

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Mary, key to Eucharistic devotion – Dolan

  CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – To fall in love with Jesus in the Eucharist, the faithful need to go back to the first Eucharistic adorer, Mary, said New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan, who gave the Jan. 30 catechesis at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in this city. “You want to be closer to Jesus […]

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Visita Iglesia reminds us of our Christian mission – priest

CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – A missionary delegate was reminded of our Catholic mission in his Visita Iglesia experience. Fr. Thomas Gomez, a Bangladeshi missionary to Canada shared his reflection on the Visita Iglesia, comparing the ‘way delegates walk toward the churches taking different routes’ to how God ‘sends us to mission in different […]

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51st IEC President Archbishop Jose Palma issues Congress Statement

CEBU City (Jan. 30, 2016) – Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has issued the Congress Statement of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, likening the gathering to the encounter of the early disciples with the Risen Christ. Sections of the statement on the “Bread of Life,” “Bread of the Poor,” “Bread of Dialogue” and “Bread of Mission” […]

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Youth accepts challenge to be saints

MANDAUE City, Jan. 30, 2016 –   Youth delegates to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) gathered for a day full of song, faith sharing and answering the call to live holier, more “Eucharistic” lives. Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles challenged the audience composed of the youth mostly from the […]

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