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IEC 2016 News Roundup for Jan. 26, 2016: Smooth flow for IEC Monday; Church official urges faithful: be like Paul; retired archbishop: don’t forget Chinese Catholics

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.

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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

Read:
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

Read:
CBCP News: Be a Prisoner of Love

IEC PAVILION. Delegates inside the IEC Pavilion, a structure purpose-built for the International Eucharistic Congress 2016.
IEC PAVILION. Delegates inside the IEC Pavilion, a structure purpose-built for the International Eucharistic Congress 2016.

 

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

Read:
Sun.Star Cebu: Faith under siege

Other IEC 2016 News

» Cebu Daily News: Official sees need to make Eucharist attractive to youth

» Cebu Daily News: Moderate rains to hit Cebu until tomorrow

» Cebu Daily News: South Bus gives way to IEC, sets up temporary terminal

» Cebu Daily News: ‘Don’t forget the martyrs in China’

» The Freeman: Theologian praises role of women in Catholic church

» The Freeman: Church can’t change rules to attract ‘bored youth’

» The Freeman: Yolanda survivors find new hope, join IEC trade fair

» The Freeman: Palma: IEC will prepare Pinoys in making right choice in 2016 Presidential elections

» The Freeman: Seminarian says inspiration made him compose IEC song in only 30 minutes

» Sun.Star Cebu: Papal legate to visit world-famous dancing inmates of Cebu

» Sun.Star Cebu: Despite road closure, traffic manageable

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