Gov’t 100% supportive of IEC – prelate

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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (Photo: CBCP News)

MANILA, Dec. 18, 2015 — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma described how the government is fully supportive of the the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), which he describes as both “a spiritual event and celebration”.

According to him, the local government is “fully supportive” of the international gathering, something that the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses has not experienced before.

“Archbishop [Piero] Marini [president of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses] said that in past international Eucharistic congresses, they did not get this kind of support from the civil government,” said Palma in a press briefing at the Arzobispado de Manila on Monday, Dec. 14.

’100% support’

According to the prelate, the mayors of Cebu province pledged their “100% support” to the international gathering expected to draw delegates from more than 70 countries.

Palma said it’s all systems go for the IEC and it is time for Filipino Catholics to urge all people, Catholic or not, to come to Cebu and join in the ecclesial event that the Philippines first hosted 79 years ago.

The 26,000-sq.m. International Eucharistic Congress Pavilion that stands in the San Carlos Seminary compound in Mabolo, Cebu City was opened to the public for the first time during the turnover ceremony held on Nov. 21. The photo shows the interior view of the pavilion which has a seating capacity of 12,000 for the IEC delegates from across the globe. (Photo: Sammy Navaja)

On the last day of the 50th IEC held in Dublin, Ireland in June 17, 2012, then-Pope Benedict XVI chose Cebu as the host of the 51st IEC, an international gathering of people aimed at promoting an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church.

The IEC will bring renowned Catholic theologians and speakers from around the world to guide delegates in reflecting on the IEC theme “Christ In You, Our Hope of Glory”, taken from the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians (Col. 1:27).

Best speakers

Some of the eminent speakers invited to speak at the theological symposium and catechetical sessions of the Congress include:

  • Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
  • Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo
  • New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan
  • President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Peter Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson
  • Former master of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP
  • Word on Fire Ministry host/founder and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron, DD

Papal legate to the 51st IEC Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, SDB, DD, the first cardinal from Myanmar, will celebrate the Opening Mass at Plaza Independencia on Jan. 24, 4:00 p.m. and the Closing Mass and StatioOrbis on Jan. 31, 4:00 p.m. at South Road Properties.

Congress delegates will participate in an overnight Eucharistic vigil, procession, VisitaIglesia and Sinulog presentation. (Rommel Lopez / CBCP News)

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