Pope Francis announces: 'Next IEC will take place in Budapest'

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  • Four years ago, then-Pope Benedict XVI announced that Cebu would host the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress. After years of preparations, the city ends its hosting of the eight day-long event on Sunday (January 31). We take a look back at some of its memorable moments.

Cebu City (CNN Philippines) — It was a jubilant moment for the hundreds of thousands of delegates and faithfuls attending the Statio Orbis or closing mass of the International Eucharistic congress (IEC).

During his homily, Papal Legate Myanmar Archbishop Charles Maung Cardinal Bo praised the Filipino people.

His eminence Charles Maung Cardinal Bo said he feels sad to leave Cebu and the congress, adding that the Filipinos were making him and the Church proud to be Catholics.

He then spoke extensively of the need to protect the family. He said there are too many broken families nowadays and families are one of the pillars of the Church.

He also said the Philippines is lucky to have over half of the population under the age of 25 because "youth are the future of the church."

He ended his message by saying that he believes the Filipino people are going to be blessed more and more for being such a great example of faith.

Pope Francis also announced in a video at the end of the mass that the next IEC will take place in Budapest, Hungary.