New York blizzard strands IEC speaker


Posted at Jan 24 2016 03:13 PM

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of the U.S. attends a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 12, 2013. Stefano Rellandini, Reuters

MANILA - A massive snow storm that hit the US East Coast on Saturday stranded a speaker of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in New York City, the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Sunday.

CBCP News reported that thousands of flights have been cancelled due to the blizzard, including that of IEC speaker Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan and some 30 delegates from Brooklyn, Manhattan and several of the counties of lower New York state.

Bishop Bishop James Massa, auxiliary bishop of Cebu said the cardinal may fly to Cebu if weather conditions improve by Monday or Tuesday.

Massa said IEC organizers may consider holding a video conference for Dolan’s talk if the snow storm holds up.

The auxiliary bishop said he will ask Dolan’s secretary for updates about his rescheduled flight.

The IEC will open with a Mass at the Plaza Independecia in Cebu at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The spiritual festival, which is expected to draw some 12,000 delegates, will run until January 31.

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