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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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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capitol procession

Dilaab (Hearts Burning) Encounters at the Procession

By Lilu Aliño “The image is too big to capture,” Msgr. Raul Go, head of the IEC 2016 website committee, texted when I asked him if he was able to capture the moment. Indeed, the experience at the procession of the Blessed Sacrament was overwhelming and indescribable. The procession of the Catholic faithful from the Capitol to Plaza Independencia to…

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pope franics message at statio orbis

Pope Francis’ Video Message at the Statio Orbis

After closing the Statio Orbis, Archdiocese of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma invited the attendees of the mass to watch Pope Francis’ video message for the 51st IEC Statio Orbis. Download a copy of his message at: http://congressupdates.iec2016.ph/downloads/

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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Testimonies of Faith

By Lilu Aliño Powerful, invigorating, moving! This is how parishioners described the testimonies and sharing of delegates and parishioners during the Parish Encounter held on January 27, 2016. Concepcion Martinez Narvios Sharer, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart – Capitol Parish For Concepcion, wife and mother, honoring the Eucharist is following Jesus by loving the less fortunate and marginalized among…

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National Shrine of St. Joseph Parishioners welcome delegates
Photo by Mitos Gonzales

Parish Encounter: Becoming One with Christ

By Mitos Gonzales   “The Holy Eucharist is the base, the center, and the source of all Christian Lives,” these were the pertinent words of Most Rev. Joseph Arshad, D.D., Bishop of Faisalabad, Pakistan that even before the Welcoming Mass during the Parish Encounter at the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue last January 27, 2016 this was made…

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Stella Palomo Mondena as the parish priest’s mother in Sa Imong Lawas ug Dugo
Photo by Mary Mae Rias

Mga Dula Sa Pagtuo: A Close Encounter with Faith

By Mary Mae Rias   The stage was set, the lights turned on, and the curtains were drawn! Every member of the audience delighted in the chance of viewing the different facets of faith and its influence in the lives of individuals from different walks of life at the theatre production of Mga Dula sa Pagtuo (Plays of Faith), held…

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noel cabangon performs at day 4 of IEC

Noel Cabangon Sings for the Preservation Mother Earth

By Joshua Solano Noel Cabangon, one of the Philippines’ legendary performer, composer, and dynamic activist of human rights and the environment, performed in front of the guests and delegates for the 4th day of the International Eucharistic Congress. Cabangon performed his hit “Kanlungan” that received an outpour of applause from the audience. The song is both a literal and metaphorical…

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