The 14 cardinals who will speak at the Eucharistic Congress in Budapest
Cardinal Péter Erdő has managed to get at least 13 other cardinals to share how the Eucharist has impacted their lives. These cardinals will speak at the Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, which begins on Sept. 5.
Secretary Generál, International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest
“They will speak about this prospective of the Eucharist, and how the Eucharistic is the source of our hope, of our joy. And of course they will speake abouth the Eucharistic tradition in their countries, because is something different in Africa or in Europe.”
Among the participants will be Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Canada. He used to work as a graphic designer, but decided to become a priest during a trip to Colombia in which he helped some of the country's poorest people.
Another speaker will be Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar. Following the military coup in February, he denounced police brutality and called for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.
Cardinal Dominik Duka, Archbishop of Prague, will also participate. During communist rule, he secretly became a Dominican monk. He worked in a factory, and the state had him imprisoned for teaching a theology course.
Cardinal John Onaiyekan will recount how he has managed to transform extremist attacks in Nigeria into opportunities to improve ties between Christians and Muslims.
The first Korean Catholic bishop to enter North Korea, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, will explain his work to reconcile North and South Korea.
Then there is Cardinal Baltazar Porras, who administers the archdiocese of Caracas, Venezuela. He will explain how all laypeople are called to strive for holiness under every circumstance.
The Chaldean Patriarch, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako will share how the Eucharist has helped persecuted Christians in Iraq. And Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, will speak on behalf of Catholics in India.
The program also includes Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, who has firsthand experience with street violence in Brazil; Cardinals Angelo Bagnasco and Jean-Claude Hollerich, who will talk about the faith in Europe; Cardinal Josip Bozanić of Zagreb, Croatia; Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, whose knowledge of Islam is hard to rival among Catholics; and Cardinal Robert Sarah, the former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.