Papal envoy opens eucharistic congress by declaring war on poverty

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January 25, 2016

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, concelebrates the opening Mass of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines, Jan. 24.  (CNS photo/Jay Rommel Labra, EPA) See IEC-PHILIPPINES-OPEN-BO Jan. 25, 2016.

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, concelebrates the opening Mass of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines, Jan. 24. (CNS photo/Jay Rommel Labra, EPA)

CEBU, Philippines (CNS) — The 51st International Eucharistic Congress kicked off with Pope Francis’ representative, Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, declaring war on poverty.

“The Eucharist calls for … a third world war against poverty,” said Cardinal Bo, “a third world war against the cruelty of dogs getting fed with sumptuous, organic food, while poor children scramble for scraps from the table.”

Tens of thousands of people waited at least an hour under a punishing sun to attend the Jan. 24 opening Mass led by Cardinal Bo at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu. He opened his homily with a plea for the crowd to “be patient with the heat.”

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