In contrast to American individualism, he said, the Catholic faith is both personal and something that is “received and lived out together, in a community, with other people that we call the Church.”
On Sunday at least 1 million more people attended the Statio Orbis Mass, the Stations of the World Mass that closes the Congress. The name of the Mass refers to the global nature of the gathering.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon was the closing Mass’ principal celebrant. “The youth of the Philippines is the hope of the Church,” the cardinal said in his homily. “This nation will become light not only to Asia but to the whole world.”
He encouraged Filipinos to have many children, suggesting that Christianity is in a “twilight” in the West but the Philippines could be a “new dawn.”
“Multiply your children. Multiply your missionaries. Go to Europe and America, there they have more cats and dogs!”
The cardinal said that the destruction of the family is “the greatest danger.” He warned against countries whose laws have “started on the path of destroying families.”
“The future of the Church depends on Catholic families,” he said Jan. 31.
He said that young people are a blessing for the Church and that young people deserve “understanding, not judgment” from the Church.
At the close of the Mass, Pope Francis addressed the event in a video message. He encouraged attendees to be “missionary disciples” and bring God’s mercy to everyone.
“At each Eucharist, the table of the Lord’s Supper, we should be inspired to follow his example, by reaching out to others, in a spirit of respect and openness, in order to share with them the gift we ourselves have received,” the Pope said.
Pope Francis announced that Budapest would host the next International Eucharistic Congress in 2020.
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