Here’s what you need to know this morning of Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the 3rd day of the International Eucharistic Congress 2016:
Smooth flow in IEC Monday
Only minor glitches were reported in the first plenary session of the 51st IEC, which gathered close to 15,000 delegates at the IEC Pavilion in Mabolo.
Despite the hundreds of tourists buses, security and logistics concerns, only complaints about the weather, missing IDs and the sound system were raised.
“Our visitors are happy with what they observed. We have implemented what we prepared and they exceeded our expectations. Overall, I can only thank the Lord.”
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma
Cebu Daily News: No major incident in first day of IEC Plenary Congress
Church to faithful: Be like Paul
The president of the Pontifical Committee told delegates of the International Eucharistic Congress to emulate the Apostle Paul in their daily lives.
“He spent years deepening His faith by studying the Scriptures and became a tireless missionary throughout the Mediterranean.”
Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Pontifical Committee on International Eucharistic Congresses
CBCP News: Be a Prisoner of Love
Cardinal Zen: Pray for China
China and the Philippines may be caught in a border dispute in the Spratly Islands but a retired archbishop called on the Catholics during the IEC in Cebu to pray for the Catholics in China.
Hong Kong Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun told delegates that Chinese Catholics continue to suffer in the communist party and that some clergymen, under the influence of the Communist Party, have denied Catholic beliefs and principles.
“It is surely necessary to remember those persecuted in the Middle East. But don’t forget those in China. They are still in deep waters, in burning fires and in terrible reality.”
Hong Kong Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun
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