Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Next International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Dublin

Soon Ireland will host the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, just as the Church prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Drawing upon that great contribution to the teaching of the Church, the theme for the upcoming congress will be, "The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another."

The International Eucharistic Congress was announced today by the Pontifical Committee tasked with organizing the gatherings. It will be held in Dublin, Ireland from June 10-17, 2012.

The first International Eucharistic Congress was held by Pope Leo XIII in Lille, France in 1881. Dublin has previously hosted a congress in 1932 under the theme, "The Eucharist and Ireland."

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin explained that the theme was chosen because the celebration of the congress coincides with the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Vatican Council II.

Archbishop Martin added that, the council was a “moment of renewal for the Church's teaching and for her understanding of herself as Body of Christ and Body of God," according to the announcement from the pontifical committee.

"The theme has its direct inspiration in paragraph 7 of the Constitution 'Lumen gentium' which reads: 'Really partaking of the body of the Lord in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, we are taken up into communion with Him and with one another. 'Because the bread is one, we though many, are one body, all of us who partake of the one bread'. In this way all of us are made members of His Body, 'but severally members one of another,'" the statement continued.

Archbishop Martin suggested that the theme could be developed along the lines of such topics as: “communion with Christ as a foundation for Christian life; the Eucharist as a way of life for clergy, Christian families and religious communities; the gesture of 'breaking bread' as a principle of Christian solidarity; the Eucharist, seed of life for the world of suffering and fragility; and ecumenism and the sharing of the one bread."

The 49th International Eucharistic Congress was held in Quebec City in June, 2008, corresponding with that city's 400th anniversary of its founding.

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Anonymous said...

Really, this is thwe biggest slap in the face of all for the generation decimated and damaged by the abuse committed knowingly by the Church in Ireland. It is a huge BUSINESS AS USUAL sign that shows definitively that there is no penitence and that there will be no turning to real reparation. No Jesus in this. It takes the breath away, and the Vatican needs to think of what they are doing and saying, and the effect on the people they profess to serve. Ireland and the Church here need to be shamed and disciplined by Rome, not rewarded in this way.

Anonymous said...

In reading this blog, it occurs to me that the wording of these religious ideas is very sexy, sensual, voluptuous. The word "Body" is used over and over, in association with the word "unity". Where do bodies unify? In sex. All in the plural: "we" are the "body". The repetition of these words, phrases, and ideas create a sexual statement and excitement. And why not? If sex is denied to healthy humans, they sublimate just as this language does, and sneak about abusing children. All priests should be REQUIRED to have adult sexual partners of their choice, and particularly the ones that work with youths.