As we inaugurate this webpage, I also welcome you to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, which by God’s Providence, is set to be held in Cebu, the Philippines in January 24-31, 2016.
The Filipino people, and in a special way, the people of Cebu, welcomed with great joy the announcement made by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in Dublin last year, that the next International Eucharistic Congress will be held in the Philippines. Although we have suffered from two calamities that have affected the region where Cebu is located, the October 15 earthquake in the island of Bohol and the super typhoon which lashed the islands of Samar and Leyte in November 8, our hope remains in the providence of God, whose generosity is clearly manifested in the tons of aid and support the international community has extended our country.
This early, and even as we strive to bring back our country to normalcy, I invite all of you to come and share our experiences of faith, hope and charity. Our country is not so rich in material resources, but what we have is abundant faith, faith that has kept our spirits alive through these trying times. It is this faith that allows me to say in all humility, that “Christ in us, is our hope of glory.”