by Richard Bennett
A major news item across the Catholic world for the summer of 2012 is that the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) is to be held in Dublin, Ireland from June 10th – 17th. The Congress is expected to attract 25,000 people a day, including “12,000 international pilgrims representing 99 different countries.” Just what is a Eucharistic Congress? A Catholic source replies,
“It is a gathering of Catholics – priests, religious and laity who come together to express their devotion for the Holy Eucharist…The International Congresses are usually 3-5 years apart, which allows for preparation, as they are always held worldwide. Catholics come from all over the world to participate in the ceremonies and to celebrate Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. …All believers – clergy, religious and laity line the streets following the Blessed Sacrament.
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