· At the center of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin ·
“The 50th International Congress in Dublin will be a moment once again of renewal and reconciliation. It will be an event which recalls all Catholics to the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, truly as the summit towards which all the activity of the Church is directed and the font from which all her life flows”. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin affirmed this on Thursday morning, 10 May, at a press conference presenting the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in the Holy See Press Office. Also present at the conference were Archbishop Piero Marini, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses; Fr Federico Lombardi, Director-General of Vatican Radio and of the Holy See Press Office; and Fr Vittore Boccardi of the secretariat of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.
“The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another” is the title of the congress which will take place in Dublin from 10-17 June with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, as the Papal Legate. The Cardinal will open the congress by celebrating Mass on 10 June, the Solemnity of Corpus Domini, at the Royal Dublin Society.
“The Eucharistic Congress” the Archbishop of Dublin underlined, “will recall the Church in Ireland to the centrality of spiritual renewal and to a sense of the Church as the Body of Christ. The high point each day will be the celebration of the Eucharist, but each morning and evening Congress events will reflect on the bonds between the Eucharist and other dimensions of the Christian life”. Every day, the Prelate continued, an aspect of the life of the Church will be reflected on: “Communion in One Baptism”, “Communion and Marriage and the Family”, “Priesthood and Ministry at the Service of Communion””, “Reconciliation in our Communion”, “Communion in Suffering and Healing” and “Communion in the Word through Mary”. “There will be strong ecumenical participation of the other Christian Churches in Ireland in Congress events”.
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