Fund-raising campaign launched for the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City

January 29, 2014 11:59 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 29 — The country's bishops have launched a fund-raising campaign which aims to gather resources for the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) to be held in Cebu City in 2016.

According to Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, overall chairman of the IEC Committee, the campaign, dubbed "Piso Para sa Misa ng Mundo," will use coins since it is “affordable” to faithful from all walks of life.

“We can all share something and what is important is the openness and richness of our hearts,” he said in an article posted on the CBCP website.

The campaign is looking to gather support in connection with the preparations for the international event to be held on Jan. 24-31, 2016 in Cebu City.

The fund drive was launched on the last day of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' 108th Plenary Assembly at the Pius XII Center in Manila last Monday.

More than 80 bishops were the ones that literally started the fund drive by dropping their coins into the donation boxes.

Palma, a former president of the CBCP, said the donation boxes would be placed in schools and parishes across the country.

“I hope young and old people, students, professionals and everyone will show their unity and peso for the world,” Palma added.

The IEC is held every four years. The event in 2016 will be the 51st IEC which will reflect on the theme “Christ in You: Our hope of Glory.”

Organizers are also hoping to get on Pope Francis’ itinerary for a possible papal visit during the gathering. (PNA)

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