MANILA, Jan. 28, 2014— A peso donation campaign was launched yesterday to help raise funds for the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu City.
Dubbed as “Piso para sa Misa ng Mundo”, the fund raising drive aims to support preparations for the international gathering on Jan. 24-31, 2016.
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, overall chairman of the IEC Committee, said they decided to use coins in raising funds because it is “affordable” to faithful from all walks of life.
“We can all share something and what is important is the openness and richness of our hearts,” Palma said.
The launching was held on the last day of the bishops’ plenary assembly at the Pius XII Center in Manila.
Uttering the phrase “piso mara sa misa”, the more than 80 bishops who were present dropped their coins into the donation boxes.
Palma, a former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the donation boxes would be placed in schools and parishes across the country.
“I hope young and old people, students, professionals and everyone will show their unity and peso for the world,” Palma added.
Held every four years, the 51st IEC will reflect on the theme “Christ in You: Our hope of Glory.”
Preparations are ongoing for the event, which is expected to draw thousands of participants – including laity and Church leaders – from countries around the world.
The Philippines is also hoping to get on Pope Francis’ itinerary for a possible papal visit during the gathering. (CBCPNews)