Cebu School Holiday During 51st IEC Gets Support


Private Catholic schools, colleges, and universities in Cebu are fully supporting the school holidays during the city’s hosting of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in January.

Auxilliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo, secretary-general of the 51st IEC, revealed that private Catholic schools in Cebu have already agreed not to hold classes during the hosting of the event on January 24 to 31.

Public and non-religious private schools have not yet been consulted about the plan but Bishop Villarojo was optimistic that all schools in Cebu will declare a holiday during the holding of the religious congress.

The organizers of the 51st IEC are expecting 15,000 foreign and local delegates to attend the event, which will be held in the Philippines for the second time since 1952, when Manila hosted the event.

The IEC is an international gathering of people aimed at promoting an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church.

The Roman Ritual De Sacra Communione et de Cultu Mysterii Eucharistici extra Missam defines the Congress as “a pause for commitment and prayer”. –