Rome Newsroom, Mar 20, 2021 / 09:10 am
The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis had designated the Archdiocese of Quito in Ecuador the host of the 2024 International Eucharistic Congress.
The conference, in its 53rd edition, will also take place during the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
“This great ecclesial meeting will manifest the fruitfulness of the Eucharist for evangelization and the renewal of faith in the Latin American continent,” the Vatican said in its announcement March 20.
The city of Quito sits in the foothills of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 9,350 feet. It is the capital city of Ecuador and the most populous, with over 3 million people in the metro area.
According to 2017 statistics, Catholics, at over 2.4 million, make up 85% of the population in the Archdiocese of Quito.
The archdiocese shared the news of its designation as the seat of the 2024 Eucharistic Congress on Facebook, writing that “we assume this great responsibility with joy and are committing everyone to work.”
Ecuador will host the Eucharistic Congress for the first time since it began 140 years ago. The international conference was last held in South America in 1968, in Bogotá, Colombia.
Pope Francis visited Quito during a July 2015 apostolic visit to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay.