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New York blizzard strands IEC speaker, delegates

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Bishop James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, New York (Photo: Nirva Delacruz)

CEBU CITY, Jan. 24, 2016 – A massive snow storm that hit the US East Coast on Saturday has left stranded International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) speaker Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan as well as the New York diocese delegation to the IEC.

“Thousands of flights have been cancelled at this point. God willing the cardinal can get out Monday or Tuesday,” said Bishop James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, New York, in an interview with CBCP News.

Dolan, who is set to give the talk “The Eucharist and Mary” on Jan. 30, is stuck in New York City along with some 30 to 35 delegates from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and several of the counties of the lower New York state, said the prelate.

The Archbishop of New York was scheduled to arrive in the Philippines today.

Massa, who said he will be in touch with Dolan’s secretary soon on updates about his rescheduled flight, said if weather conditions fail to improve, IEC organizers may consider doing a video conference for Dolan’s IEC talk.

“That’s up to the conference organizers what to do [about finding a replacement speaker]. But who knows a video conference would do…That’s maybe an option. Thanks God, it’s the age of technology. We can make people present who are thousands of miles away through video,” he added.

The 51st IEC is set to formally start today, Jan. 24 with an Opening Mass at 4:00 p.m. at the Plaza Independencia. (Nirva’ana Delacruz / CBCP News)


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