This just in from head office

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  • June 18, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI sent his regards and blessings Wednesday, June 18, to the 12,000 or so pilgrims gathered here in Quebec City for the International Eucharistic Congress. Below is the text of his message from the Vatican Information Service.

VATICAN CITY, 18 JUN 2008 (VIS) - At the end of today's general audience, which was celebrated in St. Peter's Square, the Pope addressed some remarks to participants in the International Eucharistic Congress:

"I am spiritually present at this most solemn ecclesial meeting," he said, "and I trust it will be a time rich in prayer, reflection and contemplation of the mystery of the Blessed Eucharist, for the Christian communities of Canada and for the Universal Church. May it also be a propitious moment in which to reaffirm the Church's faith in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament."

Benedict XVI concluded his remarks by expressing the hope that the congress "may revive in believers — not just in Canada but in many other nations in the world — an awareness of the evangelical and spiritual values that have forged their identity."

Despite a spirited lobby campaign, Pope Benedict declined an invitation to attend the congress. However, he'll be present electronically at the closing Mass Sunday, June 22. He'll be giving the homily via a satellite TV hook-up from the Vatican.

 


For more coverage by the Catholic Register on the 49th International Eucharistic Congress see:

You’ll know they are pilgrims by their backpacks

Your TV eye on the Eucharistic Congress

Rain or applause?

There's plenty of elbow room

Why is it always a United Church?

Where are young priests? Right here

Something old, something new

Those clerics are everywhere

The Eucharist is also service

More on the numbers front

Spending a little quiet time with Jesus

New priests bring new life to church

We're all softies at heart


 

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