FINAL WORD. Pope Francis thanks Cebuanos for hosting the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress.
FINAL WORD. Pope Francis thanks Cebuanos for hosting the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress.

Here is the roundup of stories on the final day of the International Eucharistic Congress that came out in local news publications today, February 1, 2016.

PAPAL Legate Charles Maung Cardinal Bo praised the Cebuanos for a wonderful job hosting the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, and even addressed the crowd in Cebuano to say that they will be leaving with a heavy heart.

What a great host you are. What a great experience. For the last seven days, you made us all proud to be Catholics.” Charles Maung Cardinal Bo.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: You are a nation of hope

Related: Cebu Daily News: Church urges Filipinos, ‘Change the world.’

Freeman: Devotees wait for hours for 4 p.m. mass

Pray for the world

WORLD Prayer Network International Director Fr. Frederic Fornos, SJ urge the Filipinos the continue to pray for the world and said Filipino Catholics are lucky to have their freedom of religion.

In many other countries, there is fear when you are a Catholic. Here, you have no fear. Therefore, I urge every single Filipino, Cebuano to continue praying for the world and to join Pope Francis’ mission of worldwide prayer.” Fr. Frederic Fornos.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Bring prayer to every aspect of your life.

Faithful brave walk, long wait to attend mass.

Families put up tents, some went to the SM Seaside mall to wait for the Statio Orbis, while others were not able to seek shelter with it rained at noon last Sunday.

Cebu is blessed because the IEC was held here. Devotee Junjun Quijano.

Read: Businesses spike as million-strong crowd flocks to SRP

Bayanihan in IEC

ACTING Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella cited the bayanihan spirit for the success of the week-long International Eucharistic Congress, which ended with a Statio Orbis at the South Road Properties last Sunday.

Of the 26-hectare property housing the San Pedro Calungsod templete, 15 hectares were occupied by the crowd.

The flow and display of bayanihan and volunteerism was clear among the Cebuanos. We thank all those involved. Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella.

Read: Cops estimate SRP crowd at 450,000.

Other IEC news:

Sun.Star Cebu: Palma apologizes to those inconvenienced by IEC activities, asks for understanding.

Sun.Star Cebu: Businesses enjoy huge sales in IEC exhibit.

Freeman: Pope Francis announces Hungary will host next IEC in 2020

Freeman: Marian devotees get chance to perform in IEC mass.

Freeman: 65-year-old cancer survivor credits Eucharist for healing.

Cebu Daily News: IEC gives Cebuanos a chance to showcase Cebu to the world.


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