Cebu City gets the Vatican’s approval for Pope Francis’ possible visit in 2016

His fans will be crossing their fingers.

The Philippine News Agency reports (via that a team from the Vatican approved Cebu City as the venue for the possible visit of Pope Francis for the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in January 2016.


According to the report, a team from the Vatican visited "the small temple at the South Road Properties in Cebu City, site the national thanksgiving mass for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod, and the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City" during their visit to the province last week in search for a host city for the 2016 IEC. The event is held in different countries every four years.


Fr. Vittore Bocardi, Pontifical Committee for IEC executive secretary, was quoted to have said after the visit that "Cebu is a good choice." But he noted that it is still up to Pope Francis decide if he wants to visit Cebu in 2016. ""We did everything to facilitate the visit of the Holy Father. Now, what is left to do is for the Holy Father to make his decision whether to come to Cebu for the celebration or not," he said.


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