Symposium Opens in Cebu Doctor’s University, Speakers talk about God’s Love

IMG_8225 (640x426)By Chelzee Salera


 

The first day for the IEC Theological Symposium, Pre-congress event opened with a morning prayer where hundreds of people gathered including pilgrims and delegates.

The first day for the IEC Theological Symposium, Pre-congress event opened with a morning prayer where hundreds of people gathered including pilgrims and delegates.

With the lecture of Rev. Fr. Timothy Radcliffe regarding “The Christian Virtue of Hope” and Rev. Fr. Francis Moloney’s “He Loved Them to the End (Jn. 13:1): Eucharist in the Gospel of John”, the opening of the Symposium was definitely blessed.

Rev. Fr. Francis Moloney admitted that it was his first time in Cebu, “Not my first time in the Philippines but it’s my first time in Cebu.” In his lecture he explained in detail the Eucharist in the Gospel of St. John from John 13:18-20 and in John 13:21-38 revealing how great and unconditional God’s love is.

Sister Ali Co as a reactor to the lecture of Fr. Francis Moloney, summarized her learnings one of these was how amazing God’s love was, “It is not only what Jesus did but who Jesus is. We need the love of God to be able to love unto the end.”

Fr. Carmelo Diola also reacted to the lecture, “His (Fr. Moloney) thoughts inspired me to review my life, and we were also called to love the way God loves.”

After the lectures a press conference was held where different media outfits including CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN, GMA, Sun.Star, DYRF, Cebu Daily News and the Freeman. They listened to the announcements of Archbishop Jose Palma, President of 51st IEC, Bishop Dennis Villarojo, 51st IEC Secretary-General and Msgr. Guillermo Gorre, Theological Symposium Chairman.

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During the press conference Bishop Dennis Villarojo clarified to the media that the International Eucharistic Congress is divided into two parts; the pre-congress event, which just opened and will last until January 22 in the Cebu Doctor’s University and the congress proper which will be happening on January 24 which will be held in the IEC Pavilion, “The Symposium is academic and theological, the congress is more pastoral,” furthermore he explained that the congress is designed to be, “deep enough for an elephant to swim in but shallow enough for children to be in,” shares Bishop Villarojo.

It was also announced during the press conference that there currently are 12,000 registrants for the Congress proper which escalated very quickly from 8,000 in the past few weeks. 13 percent of these registrants are from abroad. There are 71 countries that are represented so far and have registered for the International Eucharistic Congress.

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