VATICAN CITY, 11 NOV 2010 (VIS) – Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, who have completed preparations for the next congress, which will take place in the Irish capital Dublin in 2012.
“International Eucharistic Congresses already have a long history in the Church”, the Holy Father noted. “They highlight the universal dimension of celebration. Celebration is, in fact, always a feast of faith around the Eucharistic Christ, the Christ of the supreme sacrifice for humanity, in which not only the faithful from a particular Church or nation participate, but, insofar as possible, from all over the world. It is the Church that gathers around her Lord and God”.
“The task of Eucharistic Congresses, especially at the current time, is also that of making a special contribution to new Evangelization, promoting mystagogical Evangelization which is accomplished in the school of the prayerful Church, on the basis of the liturgy and through the liturgy. But each Congress also contains a new evangelising impulse in a more strictly missionary sense, so much so that the binomial term ‘Eucharist-mission’ has become part of the guidelines suggested by the Holy See”.
The Holy Father completed his remarks with some liturgical-pastoral advice. “It is important”, he said, “that each Eucharistic Congress should, in accordance with the reforming spirit of the Council, involve and integrate both ‘extra missam’ expressions of Eucharistic worship which have their roots in popular devotion, and associations of faithful which, in various ways, draw inspiration from the Eucharist. All forms of Eucharistic devotion, also recommended and encouraged by the Encyclical ‘Ecclesia de Eucharistia’ and the Post-Synodal Exhortation ‘Sacramentum caritatis’, must be harmoniously brought together in a Eucharistic ecclesiology oriented towards communion”.