Volunteers and Partners Flock for IEC 2016 Thanksgiving

Volunteers from different IEC Committees and partners gathered at the IEC Pavilion in Cebu City, Philippines to give thanks to the Lord for the huge success of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress last January 24 to 31, 2016. The celebration began with a Thanksgiving mass presided by His Excellency, Archdiocese of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma with IEC 2016 Secretary General…

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The International Eucharistic Congress wraps up in Cebu

(Vatican Radio) The 51st International Eucharistic Congress has ended in Cebu, Philippines. As Vatican Radio’s Seàn-Patrick Lovett reports from Cebu, the week long event that saw the participation of faithful and clergy from across the globe concluded in style with a personal video-message from Pope Francis himself who also announced that the next such Congress will take place in 2020…

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Children's Mass
Photo by Alexandra Muñoz and Krisha Socito

Children receive first communion at Day 7 of IEC

By Alexandra Muñoz and Krisha Socito   More than 4,000 children from all over the Philippines received their first Holy Communion at the Cebu City Sports Center, Cebu City, Philippines.  416 of them were street children which were supported by the IEC Committee on Solidarity and Communion. His Eminence Emeritus Cardinal Vidal presided the Children’s Mass in the afternoon of…

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Reminders for the SRP Culminating Mass on January 31, 2016, 4:00 P.M.

A. The SRP area is already open as early as in the morning on the said date for all who may attend the Statio Orbis Mass. B. Traffic Routes at the SRP will not be closed EXCEPT for huge container vans and trucks while the activity is going on. C. Hence, Only the BUSES of the Delegates and the Vehicles…

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IEC 2016 connectivity support exceeds that of Papal visit, APEC

PLDT is applying in the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) the technical experiences it learned while providing connectivity support in previous events like the visit of Pope Francis and the country’s hosting of APEC meetings. Dennis Donato, in an interview in Cebu, said the bandwidth provided by PLDT to the IEC 2016 is more than that offered during APEC and the…

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Washing the Feet of the Poor: The Eucharist and the Priesthood by Rev. Fr. Luciano Ariel Felloni

Summary by Alexandra Muñoz “His presence gives my presence meaning.” Shared Rev. Fr. Luciano Ariel Felloni to the attendees of his talk: “Washing the Feet of the Poor: The Eucharist and the Priesthood” yesterday as Part of the IEC concurrent sessions at the Waterfront Hotel. Delegates from different parts of the world were able to witness and take into heart…

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The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery and its Connection to the People especially the Youth

Tuesday morning was opened with morning prayers led by Rev. Msgr. Richard Kayondo followed by the Catechesis of Most Rev. Robert Barron entitled, “The Eucharist: Celebration of the Paschal Mystery.” The Paschal Mystery, as was explained by Most Rev. Robert Barron is the passion, death and resurrection of God. Encountering the Paschal event according to Most Rev. Robert Barron gives…

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IEC Opening Mass

Pilgrims and volunteers gather at the 51st IEC opening mass

By Nelle Cañ​ete Hundreds of people gathered at the Plaza Independencia, Cebu City to witness the 51st International Eucharistic Congress opening mass which was presided by the Papal Legate, Charles Cardinal Bo, Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar together with the other bishops all over the world. Despite the hot weather, both the pilgrims and the delegates flocked in the Plaza….

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Cebu marks last day of Symposium, looking forward to the Congress

By Chelzee Salera The third and last day of the IEC Theological Symposium opened peacefully with a morning prayer. The first plenary speaker was Fr. Thomas Rosica of the Congregation of St. Basil (CSB) who talked about “Evangelizing a Secular World.” During his lecture, Fr. Rosica explained that evangelization should be have the whole world as its field and not…

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Symposium day 2 focused on ‘Evolving Liturgical Rites and Incarnation of the Church’

By Chelzee Salera   The second day for the IEC Theological Symposium opened with a morning prayer followed by a lecture of Fr. Mark Francis regarding Liturgical Inculturation. As Pope Francis himself have been calling for decentralization of the Catholic Church and Liturgical Inculturation, Rev. Fr. Mark Francis explained that as dialogue is a continuous process there is a constant…

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