International Eucharistic Congress 2021

The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress will take place on September 5-12 in Budapest, Hungary. The congress was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pope Francis is scheduled to be the principal celebrant of the closing Mass in Heroes’ Square at 11:30 a.m. on September 12.

The Latest

Pope Francis arrives at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary on Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis at International Eucharistic Congress: ‘Let’s make time for Adoration’

Sep 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis is the first pope to attend an International Eucharistic Congress since the year 2000. Read more

Pope Francis greets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest, Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis arrives in Hungary and meets Viktor Orban

Sep 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope is making his first international trip since undergoing surgery. Read more

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest on Sept. 11, 2021.

Cardinal Erdö: Our world today is in burning need of a united Christianity

Sep 11, 2021

By Courtney Mares

"This unity is the will of Christ Himself, who prayed that His disciples may be one, that the world may... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich celebrates Mass at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 10, 2021.

At International Eucharistic Congress, cardinal says ‘faith in Europe has become a very small flame’

Sep 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Hollerich said he prayed that ‘missionary dimension of faith may be rediscovered in Europe.’ Read more

Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar

Cardinal Bo: Called to be a voice for human rights in Myanmar

Sep 9, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Cardinal Charles Bo said that one of the “fruits of the culture” in Asia, particularly in Myanmar, is that citizens... Read more

Mary Healy speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021.

US Catholic speaker recounts miracle healings at International Eucharistic Congress

Sep 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Mary Healy said: ‘I have seen the Lord do so many amazing healings, including last night.’ Read more

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021.

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Sep 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Onaiyekan said it is ‘the duty of pastors to make access to confession easily available.’ Read more

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev spoke with EWTN at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary.

What role does the Eucharist hold in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

Sep 8, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Orthodox believers are called to pursue deification, or divine qualities, according to a Russian Orthodox leader. The most powerful way... Read more

Burmese Cardinal Charles Maung Bo speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 8, 2021.

Burma’s Cardinal Bo: Jesus waits patiently for us in the Eucharist

Sep 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He called the COVID-19 pandemic the ‘irritating teacher of patience.’ Read more

Gérald Cardinal Lacroix of Quebec speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 7, 2021.

Cardinal Lacroix: The Eucharist is the sacrament of peace

Sep 7, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped drive home the importance of the Eucharist, Gerald Cardinal Lacroix of Quebec said in a... Read more

Iraqi Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 7, 2021.

Cardinal Sako says Pope Francis’ historic visit changed Iraq

Sep 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said that after the papal visit, ‘something has changed in the streets.’ Read more

Russian Orthodox leader Metropolitan Hilarion speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 6, 2021.

Metropolitan Hilarion: Catholics, Eastern Orthodox are united in belief in Christ’s Real Presence

Sep 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Metropolitan Hilarion delivered the opening catechesis at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary. Read more

Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary.

Could the International Eucharistic Congress spark a Catholic revival like Denver's World Youth Day?

Sep 4, 2021

By Domonkos Pulay

“When people are immersed in that for a weekend or for an evening or for a Eucharistic Congress, like you... Read more

The Hungarian capital Budapest at sunrise.

International Eucharistic Congress kicks off Sunday in Budapest

Sep 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Here’s what you need to know about the major Catholic gathering. Read more

Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church in Manila, Philippines, is the archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament.

Philippines to hold online Eucharistic meeting as pandemic prevents travel to Budapest

Aug 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Philippines bishops announced they will hold an online Eucharistic congress in solidarity with the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest... Read more

A view of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest International Eucharistic Congress to feature Mass setting in Romani language

Aug 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Romani people are Hungary’s largest minority group. Read more

Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere), Budapest, Hungary.

Vatican unveils program of Pope Francis’ 7-hour trip to Hungary

Jul 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope will meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Read more

Cardinal Péter Erdő at a press conference for the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, June 14, 2021.

Church leaders in Hungary and Slovakia welcome confirmation of papal visit

Jul 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis is expected to visit the countries on Sept. 12-15. Read more

Cardinal Péter Erdő.

Cardinal: International Eucharistic Congress hymn helped Catholics survive war and communism

Jun 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Péter Erdő noted that the official hymn’s lyrics date back to 1938. Read more

Cardinal Péter Erdő at a press conference for the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, June 14, 2021.

International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest unveils official hymn

Jun 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The song is a “refreshed version” of a hymn from 1938, when Hungary last hosted the congress. Read more