Sunday, February 25, 2007

Eucharist Synod Conclusions Due Out Soon (Vatican)

Benedict XVI announced that he will soon sign the apostolic exhortation on the conclusions of the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, held in 2005.

"I can say that I will soon sign the postsynodal exhortation on the Eucharist, which will then be available to the Church. It is a document that calls for meditation," the Pope said Thursday during a question-and-answer session with the Roman clergy in the Hall of Blessings.

"It will help both the liturgical celebration as well as personal reflection, both the preparation of homilies as well as the celebration of the Eucharist. And it will serve to guide, illuminate and revitalize popular devotion," added the Pontiff.

The Holy Father said that the document addresses the importance of Eucharistic adoration: "During the synod of the Eucharist the bishops spoke much about their experiences, how new life is restored in communities when this adoration, also nocturnal, takes place, and how in this way new vocations are also born."

The synod was on the theme "The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church."

It was the first of Benedict XVI's pontificate.



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