Every five years the congress brings together thousands of Catholics of African descent, including clergy, religious, and laity from across the country for a weekend of discussions, spiritual workshops, and mini-retreats.
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The congress is expected to have a festival-like atmosphere, similar to World Youth Day, and will likely draw a crowd of 80,000 faithful.
Nationwide, the faithful are adoring and honoring Christ in the Blessed Sacrament as Church communities.
Now, 83 years after the first holding of the Catholic global event in Hungary, on the verge of World War II, Western societies are facing new political and social issues, while de-Christianization is reaching new heights.
Speaking to the Register during the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, American missionary Barbara Heil discusses her path of faith and highlights the need to recatechize the faithful worldwide.
The Register caught up with the on-the-move chaplain in Budapest, Hungary.
‘Dear brothers and sisters, let us allow our encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist to transform us, just as it transformed the great and courageous saints you venerate,’ Pope Francis said in his homily in Hungary on Sept. 12.
‘In the Holy Eucharist, we have an intimate union with Jesus Christ,’ Cardinal John Onaiyekan underscored.
“I have seen the Lord do so many amazing healings, including last night on the streets of Budapest,” said Mary Healy in a Sept. 9 address.