POPE FRANCIS will not be attending the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) to be held in Cebu City in January 2016. This was revealed by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a press conference on Monday at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. However, the Lingayen-Dagupan prelate said the Holy Father is expected to send his representative to the religious event. It is the second time the country will be hosting the IEC. The international gathering was first hosted in Manila in 1937.