51st IEC head issues congress statement

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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 disciples of Emmaus.”

“We are convinced that the Holy Spirit sends us forth in order to proclaim the story of Jesus. This Congress is like the gathering of the early disciples when they joyfully shared stories of how each of them encountered the Risen Lord in the Scripture and in the Breaking of the Bread,” said the prelate, president of the 51st IEC.

Sections of the statement on the “Bread of Life,” “Bread of the Poor,” “Bread of Dialogue” and “Bread of Mission” were read in French, Spanish, English and Chinese.

The IEC, which runs from Jan. 24 to 31, draws to a close on Jan. 31 with the “Statio Orbis” Mass at the South Road Properties. (Felipe Francisco / CBCP News)

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