PH Catholic Church to hold virtual congress on Eucharist

Published August 6, 2021, 2:08 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Philippine Catholic Church will hold a virtual congress on the Eucharist in solidarity with the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest next month.

51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu (Cicero Lagarde/CBCP News)

Fr. Miguel Garcia, executive secretary of the bishops’ Permanent Committee on International Eucharistic Congresses (PCIEC), said Sta. Cruz Church in Manila will host the local event on Sept. 11 but all the talks will be pre-recorded and will be broadcasted online.

The PCIEC had previously planned to send at least 500 delegates to Budapest, but was shelved because of the prevailing health crisis.

“Unfortunately, we have to cancel the plan because of our situation,” CBCP News quoted Garcia.

He said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the current chairman of PCIEC, is planning to attend the global event.

Garcia said it has been a tradition that one of the Masses during the one week celebration is presided by the bishop of the previous host of the IEC.

“He (Palma) is trying his best but I’m still awaiting for any development,” he said.

The IEC in Budapest will start on Sept. 5, with Pope Francis scheduled to lead the closing Mass on Sept. 12.

The major religious gathering was originally set for September 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IEC first took place in France in 1881 with the goal of increasing devotion to the Eucharist.

It has continued to be held once every four years in a different city across the globe with the last congress held in Cebu in 2016.