· The Pope's video message to the Eucharistic Congress in India ·
In a video message to the National Eucharistic Congress of India — which is being celebrated from 12 to 15 November in Mumbai in the presence of Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, the Pope's Special Envoy — Francis urged participants to follow the path of service and sharing. The Eucharist, he said, “is not only a reward for the good but also the strength for the weak and for sinners”.
“The Eucharistic Congress”, the Pope said, “is God's gift not just for the Christians of the India but for the entire population of a country culturally so diverse yet spiritually so rich. Over thousands of years India has been permeated by the desire for truth, the search for the divine, the effort at goodness and kindness. As you celebrate this great event, the words of Pope Paul VI in his address to the members of the non-christian religions of the 3th December, 1964 come to mind: 'The Eucharist is the commemoration of Jesus Christ and his love for God the Father in heaven, and for all men, a love into death. This love of Jesus is not a matter of the past; it is meant to remain present and to live in every human heart. Christ is dear also to this country, not only to those who are Christians - they are a minority - but to the millions of people who have come to know and love Him as an inspiration of love and self-sacrifice'”.
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