Catholic Church in the Philippines to Hold Virtual Eucharistic Congress

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Preparations for the local Eucharistic Congress, which will take place on September 11 in Manila, are still underway and final details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Newsroom(05/08/2021 14:29, Gaudium Press) On the occasion of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Hungary’s capital of Budapest next month, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is also promoting a virtual Congress on the Eucharist.

According to Fr. Miguel Garcia, Executive Secretary of the Permanent Episcopal Commission for International Eucharistic Congresses (CEPCEI), the event will take place on September 11 in Manila with all of the presentations being pre-recorded and webcast.

Preparations for local congress underway

Preparations for this local congress are still underway and final details will be announced in the coming weeks. It is known that among the speakers will be Bishop Dennis Villarojo, Bishop of Malolos, who served as Secretary General of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City.

The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress will begin on September 5 in Budapest and will conclude on September 12 with a Holy Mass presided over by Pope Francis, who has confirmed his plan to attend the upcoming event.

500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

Initially, 500 Filipinos were scheduled to attend the international event; however, due to the worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic, their plans were canceled. The number of participants from the Philippines was originally chosen to highlight and celebrate the 500 years of Christianity in their country.

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, the current president of CEPCEI, is planning to attend the global event. According to tradition, one of the Masses of the International Eucharistic Congress is usually presided over by the host bishop of the previous congress. (EPC)

Compiled by Sandra Chisholm

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