A new date has been announced for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. Towards the end of last month, Pope Francis decided to postpone the Congress, hosted by Budapest, Hungary and originally scheduled for 2020 September. The new dates of the Congress have since been announced as 5-12 September 2021.
The International Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of people every four years, somewhere in the world, which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; to help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and to draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. These aims are achieved through a programme of pastoral preparation in the lead up to the Congress and a programme of liturgical and cultural events, lectures and workshops throughout Congress week.
Hungary last hosted the International Eucharistic Congress in 1938. The theme of IEC2021 is ‘All My Springs are in You’. It is taken from Psalm 87 and refers to God as the source (or spring) of life for his people.
In 2012 the 50th International Eucharistic Congress took place in Dublin on the theme, ‘The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another’. Ireland hosted the 31st Congress in 1932 which coincided with the 1500th anniversary of Saint Patrick’s arrival in Ireland.