Pope selects Hungary for next eucharistic congress

Second time European nation will host international event

February 1, 2016
Pope Francis announced Jan. 31 that Budapest will be hosting the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in 2020.

Held every four years, the Hungarian capital will be hosting the event recently held in Cebu City, which drew more than 12,000 participants — including laity and church leaders — from countries around the world.

The pope made the announcement in a taped video shown to hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the congress' closing Mass.

"I am happy to announce that the next International Eucharistic Congress will take place in 2020 in Budapest, Hungary," Pope Francis said, to a crowd that erupted in applause.

Some participants from the future host nation were also seen waving flags with joy.

Like the Philippines, this will also be the second time that Hungary will be hosting the congress after an 82-year gap.

In 1938, the 34th congress was held in Budapest, Hungary, just one year after it was held in Manila.

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