» 05/23/2008, 00.00
The Eucharist celebrates the deepest revolution of human history
Benedict XVI celebrates Corpus Domini with a Mass in St John Lateran ending in a procession and a Eucharistic blessing on the parvis of Saint Mary Major. The Eucharist celebrates the unity in Christ of people of all ages, social conditions and opinions. Christ helps us get up from out paralyses and gives direction to our “progress”. Worship frees us from the slavery of earthly powers, prostrating ourselves before the One who first prostrated himself out of love for us.
Pope: solidarity is placing all that we have at God and neighbor’s disposal, to follow Jesus
Celebrating the Mass for Corpus Domini, Francis warns against the temptation to not take upon ourselves the needs of others, "dismissing them with a pitiful: 'God help you.' But Jesus’ solution goes in another direction, he "feeds the crowd that had come to hear him. "In the Eucharist makes us follow His path, that of service, of sharing, of giving – and what little we have, what little we are, if shared, becomes wealth, because the power of God, which is that of love, descends into our poverty to transform it".
24/05/2008 VATICAN – CHINA
Cardinal Dias tells Chinese Catholics the Pope blesses them all, wants to see them united
For the first time official and underground Catholics are gathered together in public in response to a plea by Benedict XVI to pray for the Church in China and its mission. Chinese Catholics from Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan are present at the event. The Martyrs are remembered.
21/05/2008 ITALY – CHINA – VATICAN
More than 500 Chinese Catholics in Rome to pray for China with the Pope
Italy’s Chinese communities are to meet in Saint Mary Major Basilica on 24 May to celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Church in China instituted by Benedict XVI. Card Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, will preside at Mass.
Pope calls for solidarity with China's earthquake victims and Christians
Benedict XVI greets some of the Chinese who participated in the Day of Prayer for the Church in China that was held in Rome, urging them to be credible witness to the love of Jesus and faithful to the “rock of Peter”. He expresses hope that the population affected by the quake may soon get back to normal, through international solidarity as well.
Pope: Corpus Domini, “Bread of Life” and love: world hunger unacceptable
The feast of Corpus Domini confirms in Christ “love exists and because it exists things can change for the better and we can hope”. It also has cosmic dimensions in recalling the abundance of the summer harvest. He augurs the UN will face the economic crisis in solidarity with poor nations and rid the world of hunger. A prayer for the Year for Priests that begins this Friday June 19th, feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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