QUEBEC CITY — Quebec City’s massive center devoted to large events, conferences and conventions has become home to participants of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress. Though it rained for most of the first three days of the June 15-22 congress, surprisingly many of the events have been well attended (it’s not uncommon to wait in line to get into a congress session) and people are still meandering to and from the stadium, arena and buildings of the ExpoCite.
The ExpoCite has been transformed this week into a city devoted to the church, saints and the tens of thousands of pilgrims who came here for the congress. In the grassy area between the buildings, a pathway is devoted to Canadian saints.
A few of the buildings have been transformed into eucharistic adoration chapels and there’s even a Catholic convention of sorts with booths promoting Catholic foundations, information services, travel tours and religious orders. Of course, there’s some selling and buying going on: Pilgrims can purchase books and other keepsakes to take home with them from the congress.
PHOTO: Clergy carry a monstrance attached to the Ark of the New Convenant during a procession at the opening Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City June 15. (CNS/James Baca, Denver Catholic Register)