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Mabuhay means something like “Long live” or “Welcome” in Tagalog, the language in my native country, the Philippines. I heard this word a lot today because the dynamic and charismatic Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines was periodically cheered by a lot of Filipino fans during his catechesis! Today’s featured continent was Asia, and ...read more
There’s a lot going on in the Eucharistic City! Two days ago, I covered Youth Space (very wild and lively) for the Zoom coverage on the Eucharistic Congress, and yesterday, I covered the serene and “mild-atmosphered “Adoration Chapels. It’s good to know that the pilgrims are not only hearing about the Eucharist, receiving the Eucharist, ...read more
Beginning on Thursday, June 19th, Salt + Light TV will now broadcast morning prayer at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress. Thursday’s broadcast day will begin at 8:30am ET and will include morning prayer, the morning catechesis, testimony, and a special Penitential Service. Holy Mass will be broadcast, in French later in the day at 4pm ...read more
  This morning’s session began with a Catechesis by Cardinal Phllippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, France. He said that the Eucharist makes us contemporaries of the Thursday supper, the Friday Passion and the Sunday Resurrection. He also referred to the Hebrew word, “zikkaron”, which is the word Jesus would’ve used when he said, “do this ...read more
There’s close to 20 of us from Salt + Light at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec. We all have our different responsibilities, so we are scattered around. It’s at dinner time, which is around 8 or 9 pm by the time we’re done, that we’re all together in one place. Imagine how difficult ...read more
From the Toronto Sun SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — This is a magnificent, modern city, built on a stunning harbour with its signature bridge. Famous for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, this week it will become famous for another world event: World Youth Day 2008. Approximately 100,000 young people from around the world have joined at least ...read more
  Day One of the Eucharistic Congress is over. AMAZING! We started this morning with a catechesis (teaching) by the Archbishop of Washington DC, Donald Wuerl. His main point was that at the Eucharist, we are not just observers, we are participants – because at every Mass, Christ’s sacrifice is made present everytime. It doesn’t ...read more
Salt + Light Television coverage on Monday begins at 8:50 am ET.  The first catechesis of the 49th International Congress will be given by Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D-C.  Following that will be a witness talk by Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, and our morning coverage concludes with Holy Mass presided by Cardinal ...read more
`Don`t ask what is the Eucharist…. but who is the Eucharist!` Those words from Cardinal Jozef Tomko`s fantastic homily at today`s opening Mass. This was one point in particular that stood out for me: Cardinal Tomko`s emphasis that the Eucharist is not some relic of a body — but it is the living Jesus, His ...read more
The 49th International Eucharistic Congress got under way Sunday afternoon with an impressive theatrical opening ceremony.  The customary welcoming speeches kicked off the event.  Attendees heard from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, from the mayor of Quebec City, a representative of the provincial government of Quebec, the Vatican’s Canadian ambassador Archbishop Luigi Ventura, and the minister of ...read more