MANILA, July 6, 2015— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has asked for financial assistance for an upcoming global church event in Cebu City next year.
With only six months to go before the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), he said donations are needed to help defray the expenses for the gathering.
“Let us help the Eucharistic Congress through our financial contributions because there will also be delegations from other countries,” Tagle said.
The cardinal made the appeal in his homily on Monday during the send-off Mass for the pilgrim symbol of the IEC held at the Manila Cathedral.
It was early last year when the IEC Committee launched the “Piso para sa Misa ng Mundo” to support preparations for the gathering to be held on Jan. 24 to 31, 2016.
Organizers said they decided to use coins in raising funds because it is “affordable” to the faithful from all walks of life.
Donation boxes were also placed in Catholic schools and parishes across the country.
In line with the Year of the Poor, he said the Archdiocese of Manila will be sending delegates from poor families who cannot afford the event’s travel expenses and other logistical costs.
“If everyday you will give a peso until January, you will be able to help a delegate,” Tagle said.
“It’s for them also to experience this kind of international event. So please be generous in your support of the Eucharistic Congress,” he added.
From the Manila Cathedral, the pilgrims symbol was brought to the cathedral of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo.
Since last January from Cebu, the IEC symbol has been on a national pilgrimage to different dioceses across the country “to heighten our awareness of this international event that will happen in our country.”
Deepen knowledge on the Eucharist
Tagle also asked for prayers for the success of the event and urged the faithful to deepen their participation in and knowledge of the Eucharist. “We are also invited to live the meaning of the Eucharist. To believe in it, to celebrate and to live in daily life,” he said.
“I hope that in the coming months before January, we will have a much deeper preparation for the Eucharistic Congress. So let’s join the Eucharist, understand it fully and live it,” Tagle said.
Held every four years, at least 15,000 participants are expected to attend the IEC with the theme “Christ in You: Our hope of Glory.” (R. Lagarde with Luke Godoy/CBCPNews)