Rome Newsroom, Aug 13, 2021 / 09:00 am
While pandemic restrictions will prevent Catholics in the Philippines from traveling to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest next month, the country’s bishops have organized their own online celebration of the Eucharist.
The Philippines bishops had intended to send a delegation of 500 Catholics to the Sept. 5-12 congress in Hungary, as part of celebrations marking 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.
The bishops of the southeast Asian country had to scrap that plan due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They announced earlier this month that they will instead hold a national Eucharistic congress online in solidarity with the Budapest meeting.
The national event will be held in Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church, also known as Santa Cruz Church, in Manila on Sept. 11. The church is the Archdiocese of Manila's Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament.