The Irish pilgrims arrived in Cebu on Friday and on Saturday attended a ‘Table of Hope’ meal with several hundred young children from poorer backgrounds, many of whom are living on the streets. The church has set up many centres called ‘Children of Hope’, with a long term aim of helping the children through school and with religious education. Some have been orphaned as a result of the huricane some two hears ago. Five hundred of the children have been prepared by volunteers and will make their First Holy Communion during the Congress.
The Congress opens officially on Sunday, and all are looking forward to an exciting programme of events over the coming week. Please join in the recitation of the Congress Prayer during the week of Congress.