Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hungary to host next IEC

  Pope Francis (CBCPNews) CEBU City, Jan. 31, 2016— Pope Francis announced on Sunday that Budapest will be hosting the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in 2020. Held every after four years, the Hungarian capital will be hosting the event just held in Cebu City, which drew more than 12,000 participants—including laity and Church leaders–from countries around the world. The Pope made the announcement in a taped video shown

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Sorsogon’s Poor Clares on IEC ‘Eucharistic mission’

Sister Mary Magdalene Lagco, OSC and Sister Marie Elvie Magsucang, OSC (Photo: Rommel Lopez) CEBU City, Jan. 31, 2016 – Two Poor Clares ventured out of their cloisters in Sorsogon to go on a mission at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC): to turn over monstrances from a generous American donor to Cebu’s poor parishes. According to Sister Mary Magdalene Lagco, OSC, an American donor, who was saddened upon learning that a lack of

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Fashion evangelization

Ablaze marketing executive Tricia Mae Barretto wears the official 51st IEC congress shirt featuring the event logo, Jan. 29, 2016. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz) CEBU City, Jan. 31, 2016–In an age where skimpy skirts, see-through tops seem almost de riguer, delegates at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress make a powerful case for irresistible, refreshing modesty, especially during the Holy Mass. It was a sense of awe for Jesus in the Eucharist

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51st IEC head issues congress statement

CEBU City, Jan. 31, 2016 – Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has issued on Jan. 30, Saturday, the Congress Statement of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, likening the gathering to the encounter of the early disciples with the Risen Christ. “We the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, gathered to celebrate the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City, Philippines (January 24-31 2016), now relive the beautiful experience of the two

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5k kids receive 1st Communion in Cebu

Some 5,000 kids receive First Holy Communion at the Cebu City Sports Complex, Jan. 30, 2016. (Photo: Roy Lgarde) CEBU City, Jan. 31, 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 of little ladies

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Papal legate to elderly: Smile more!

Cardinal Bo, the papal legate, greets one of the elderly residents of the hospice run by the Missionaries of Charity in Cebu, Jan. 30, 2016. (Photo: Roy Lagarde) CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016— Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar, has a message for the elderly: 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,

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‘Visita Iglesia’ reminder of Christian mission – priest

IEC Visita Iglesia participants visit and pray at several churches in Cebu City. (Photo: Dominic Barrios) CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016–A missionary delegate was reminded of the Catholic faithful’s mission during his Visita Iglesia experience during the ongoing 51st International Eucharisti Congress (IEC) in this city. Fr. Thomas Gomez, a Bangladeshi missionary to Canada shared his reflection on the Visita Iglesia, comparing the “way delegates

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Jaro archbishop calls for ‘friendly competition’ of love

Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo leads the morning prayer for the seventh day of the 51st IEC. (Photo: Michael Dalogdog) CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016–Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo called on delegates to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) to engage in “friendly competition” not to upstage one another, but in showing love and kindness for others. Leading the morning prayer on the seventh day of the IEC, Archbishop Lagdameo reflected

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Religious sister ‘excited’ to share IEC learnings

51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) share a laugh during the catechesis given by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the IEC Pavilion, Jan. 28, 2016. (Photo: Dominic Barrios) CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – Given the gems of wisdom she has been reaping so far from talks at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), a religious sister expressed joy she has a lot more to share in her apostolate once the global religious gathering wraps up.

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Eucharistic adorers ‘growing’ globally

(Photo: Michael Dalogdog) CEBU City, Jan. 29, 2016— The newly-elected head of the World Federation of the Church’s Eucharistic Works said their organization has picked up steam in recent years, proof is a growing number of adorers world-wide. Jose Angel Linares, the federation’s new president from Spain, said more and more lay Eucharistic adorers from all over the world have been seeking membership in the federation. Growing yearly “Every

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