P300-M for church's village

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

THE Archdiocese of Cebu wants to raise P300 million for the construction of a “Eucharistic Village” that would serve as main venue of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in 2016.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said the “Eucharistic Village” will be constructed in a vacant lot located between the Pope John XXIII and San Carlos Seminaries in Barangay Mabolo.

The lot has an area of more than a hectare.


While designs for the structure are still being conceptualized by a group of contractors, Palma said the Eucharistic Village can accommodate more than 15, 000 people.

As to the planned visit of Pope Francis to the IEC, Palma urged Catholics to pray for it to push through.


“Please pray (that he will come). We know his intention is that he wants to come,” Palma said.

Palma said that to help raise the amount, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will launch the “Piso Para Sa Misa ng Mundo” program, urging parishioners in different parts of the country to donate at least P1 for the IEC.

They also plan to seek help from international parishes.

No demolition

Palma said he is aware that some portions near the two seminaries are heritage sites. But he said they will not conduct any demolition and will only build on vacant lots.

He said some large convention areas, such as the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), are being considered as sub-venues for the IEC.

He said the Mandaue City and the Cebu Provincial Governments have expressed plans to repair the CICC for two major events, including the IEC. He said they might use the CICC for other events related to IEC.

For now, the committees handling the IEC in the country are focused on coming up with a theme song and logo for the event.

Meanwhile, Palma said he is confident more devotees will come to Cebu to celebrate the Feast of Santo Niño.

“People will still come because we are a people of faith,” said Palma.

The Basilica del Santo Niño was damaged by last October’s earthquake.

Palma said the restoration of the Basilica’s damaged belfry cannot be done easily as they need to consider the heritage and engineering aspects of the project.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 05, 2014.

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