Cebu City, the Queen City of the South, has shown her vibrant faith again on the fourth day of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress.

(January 26, 2016) Cebu City--Thousands of participants gather here today at the IEC Pavilion for the third day of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City.

Rev. Msgr. Richard Kayondo, national delegate and Vicar General of Uganda,  led the morning prayers.  In his short homily, he pointed out that “for each one of us, there is always somebody who brought us to Christ.  For the magi, it was the star.  For Timothy and Titus, it was St. Paul.  It is now our mission to bring the people to Christ like the star and to bring Christ to the people like St. Paul.”

In the morning session, the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, California, the Most Rev. Robert Barron, DD, gave a one-hour catechesis to the delegates with the topic, “The Eucharist:  Celebration of the Paschal Mystery.”

In his conference, he emphasized the aspects of the Eucharist as meal, sacrifice and real presence.

Afterwards, Ms. Marianne Servaas of Belgium delivered a moving testimony. She said, “She converted to Catholic faith because she fell in love with the Eucharist.” Furthermore, she said we have lost our capacity to kneel.  We have lost the virtue of humility. And it decreases our humanity.”

Culminating the morning program, His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, DD, led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with hundreds of concelebrating bishops and priests.

In a press conference Bishop Barron emphasized:  “ use the old media first, read books, and once we have the contents, we know what to say, then that’s the time we use the new media.”

At the International Eucharistic Congress, the delegates broke out into smaller groups for the concurrent sessions held both at the Pavilion and at the Waterfront Hotel.

A bigger group remained inside the Pavilion to listen to the conference of Rev. Msgr. Diego Monroy Ponce on “Evangelization and Popular Religiousity.”

At the Waterfront Hotel there were three smaller concurrent sessions.   The speakers were His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo,  Ms. Josefina Manabat, and Rev. Fr. Luciano Ariel Felloni.

Cardinal Quevedo gave a powerful speech on  “The Eucharist makes the Church and the Church makes the Eucharist.”  The title of his conference actually comes from the French Theologian Henri de Lubac.

Ms. Josefina Manabat talked about “The Eucharist: Cup of Sacrifice, Banquet of the Kingdom.” And the theme; “Washing the Feet of the Poor: The Eucharist and the Priesthood” was given by Rev. Fr. Luciano Ariel Felloni.

It has been another day of enrichment for everyone given by our Eucharist Lord.

(Report by Fray Kenneth Caligdong, OAR for CBCP Media and Recoletos Communications)


CEBU CITY, January 25, 2016—The Pavilion serves as the melting pot of thousands of Catholics representing 72 countries for the second day of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress.

Today’s event opened with the morning prayers led by Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD and the Jesuit seminarians.

Following the morning praise, the Most Rev. Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, OFM, DD, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Trujillo in Peru gave a catechesis to the assembly with the theme, “Christ in you, our Hope of Glory:  A Pastoral Reflection on Colossians 1:27.”

Major points of his talk revolved around. Among other points, he stressed that all the faithful should be like St. Paul in becoming a servant for the Church. He also accentuated the inseparability of the Church and the gospel.

His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen, SDB, DD, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, shared his testimony as to how the Chinese Christians bravely endured the persecution during the rise of communism in China.

Culminating the morning program was the celebration of Holy Eucharist presided by the Most Rev. Piero Marini, DD, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

In a press conference that lasted for one hour at the Media Center, the Most Rev. Jose Palma, along with Archbishop Piero Marini, Fr. Vitorio Boccardi, Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, and Fr. Jose Quilongquilong announced that the world-famous host of the program Word on Fire, Bishop Robert Baron will be present in this week-long congress.

The afternoon program included four concurrent sessions. The one inside the Pavilion is entitled: “The Christian Virtue of Hope,” by Rev. Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP. The Waterfront Hotel was the venue for the other three concurrent sessions. “The Manifold Dimensions of Eucharistic

Hope” by Rev. Fr. Paul Vu Chi Hy, SSS.  Rev. Fr. Francis Moloney, SDB talked about “The Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Eucharist:  Christian Hope in the Secularizing world” while Amb. Tamara Grdzellidze discussed “The Church is Woman:  The Missionary and Pastoral Role of Women in the Church.”

It has been a Eucharist-inspired day for all the participants of the international congress here in Cebu.

(Report by Fray Jessriel Marcha, OAR for CBCP Media and Recoletos Communications)

(January 24, 2016) CEBU CITY--hundreds of cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests are gathered to concelebrate with the Papal Legate, His Eminence Charles Maung Cardinal Bo. Pope Francis appointed him to be his representative for the opening Mass of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress.