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Eucharistic Congress a first for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AsiaNews): Pakistan held its first Eucharistic Congress in Islamabad during July, ending in an appeal to Catholics who have fallen away from their Church to come home.

“People say that prayer counts most, whatever Church you attend,” Father Yousaf Amanat, from the host parish, said. “Protestant pastors are attracting many Catholics. We hope to counter this trend through greater awareness.”

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Next Eucharistic Congress in Budapest

CEBU (Agencies): Pope Francis announced on January 31, the last day of the Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, The Philippines, that the next gathering will be hosted by Budapest in Hungary in 2020.

The pope made the announcement in a taped video shown to the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the congress at the South Road Properties in Cebu City, CBCP News reported.

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Inculturate or perish

The Eucharistic Congress in Cebu in The Philippines was only the fourth to be held in Asia since the first one took place in 1881 in Lille, France.

That was a small event, only intended to involve locals. But as the years rolled by, congresses gathered momentum and in 1893 became truly international with the holding of the first one outside Europe in Jerusalem.








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Congress prays for Church in China

CEBU (SE): “Chinese Christians are still in deep water, in burning fire—a terrible reality,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said in a personal testimony at the Eucharistic Congress being celebrated in Cebu, The Philippines, on January 25.

He said that when he saw a prayer for the suffering and persecuted Christians of the Middle East and African countries listed for the opening Mass, he made a request that China be remembered as well.

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Proud to sing for the Eucharistic king

CEBU (Agencies): The Coro de San Jacinto, the chorale which performed at the opening Mass of the Eucharistic Congress in Cebu on January 24, regards it as a wonderful opportunity, saying who better to sing for than the king of kings.

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Old man remembers 1937 congress

CEBU (Agencies): One of the old men of Manila, the former archbishop, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, is one of the remaining few who had the opportunity to be part of the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress held in the city of Manila in 1937. He was a five-year old boy.

He reminisced on the writings of the Jesuit historian and scholar, Father Horacio dela Costa, saying that what he wrote during the late 1930s still holds true today—Filipinos have faith and love music.

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It is war at the congress

CEBU (SE): It is time to declare war on poverty and cruelty, the papal envoy to the International Eucharistic Congress being held in Cebu, The Philippines, Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, told an enthusiastic gathering at the opening Mass on January 24.

In a call for what he termed a Third World War, the archbishop of Yangon in the Union of Myanmar described the widespread malnutrition and starvation in the world as mass genocide.

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Mission must include the wisdom of a vision for the future

CEBU (SE): The 51st Eucharistic Congress formally opened in Cebu, The Philippines, on January 24 with an outdoor Mass celebrated by the special envoy from Pope Francis, Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, from Yangon in the Union of Myanmar, at the Plaza Independencia.

In introducing the congress, Cardinal Bo said that holding it in Asia is significant, as the continent is home to a confluence of major religions and a part of the world that has not embraced secularism.

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Tight security for Eucharistic Congress

CEBU (UCAN): Organisers of the International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to begin on January 24 in Cebu, The Philippines, have assured delegates that security will be tight following the terror attacks in Jakarta that killed at least seven people on January 14.

“While we commiserate with the victims of the bombing, the incident provides even more impetus for us and our security agencies to be vigilant,” Bishop Dennis Villarojo, the secretary general of the organising committee, said.

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Eucharistic Congress is for the whole world

manila (SE): The International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to be held in Cebu from January 24 to 31 is an activity of the worldwide Church, not just The Philippines.

Luis Cardinal Tagle described it as being a search to find ways to address modern problems in the world, which can make a real difference, especially in the areas of violence and climate change.

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