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.
“Every year it grows and grows throughout the world,” said Linares, who previously served as the federation’s secretary before his election as president during its general assembly at the sidelines of the ongoing 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) here on Friday, Jan. 29.
He will succeed Eduardo Marino Gomez, also Spanish, who served the federation for eight years or two consecutive terms.
The assembly, which convenes every four years coinciding with the IEC, was attended by more than 20 country representatives, some coming from as far as Peru, Italy, El Salvador and the US.
2 million members
The federation, which aims to bring together diverse groups of adorers, currently has 39 member associations, with a total membership of about 2 million and is present in at least 36 countries.
During the meeting, which was attended by Archbishop Piero Marini, President of the Pontifical Committee of IECs, the Federation ratified the membership of three more lay groups from Europe.
Since its inception 50 years ago, the federation has promoted participation in national and international Eucharistic Congresses, has promoted pilgrimages to Marian shrines as well as helped fulfill other works entrusted to them by the bishops. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)