18 March 2018
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Synod on the Eucharist

Pope to write letter to Chinese bishops invited to Synod
Pope will personally answer the letter send by Mgr Luke Li Jingfeng to express his regrets for not being able to come to the Synod. Mgr Kondrusiewicz, Bishop of Moscow, speaks about the situation of Russian Catholics, expressing hope Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Aleksij II can meet each other.

Synod considering how to celebrate the Eucharist in a secularised world
Here are the topics raised by Card Angelo Scola in his "relatio post disceptationem", i.e. after the discussions held in the synod hall.

Synod's solidarity with Pakistan quake victims
"Brother Delegates" speak at the Synod. Orthodox stress closeness to Catholics; Protestants talk of inter-communion.

The Synod turns 40
Cardinal Tomko says "it is like a heart" for the Church.  A total of 3972 Fathers have taken part in 21 assemblies.

Pope urges "swift and generous" aid for South Asia quake victims

Benedict XVI talked about the new Blessed, Cardinal Von Galen and his witness against Nazism, a "neo-pagan ideology". He also mentioned the Synod, that it may prompt Catholics towards missionary commitment.

The Year of Eucharist leads to "discovery" of Catholicism

Conversions, returns to the church, an inter-religious meeting: all unfolding in Madhya Pradesh state.


No communion for pro-abortion political leaders, Synod told
Card Lopez Trujillo says choices on sexual and family morality have serious consequences and are not simply a matter of personal choice.

The Year of the Eucharist breathes new life into the Church
The faithful take part in great numbers in the rituals. Half a million people come to the National Eucharistic Congress.

Synod: the decline in confessions distances people from the Church

The need to relaunch reconciliation, Eucharistic centrality and a more equitable distribution of clergy were the topics addressed during deliberations.  The question of communion for the divorced and remarried was also discussed.

Synod on the Eucharist at the centre of the Church and the world

Christians diminish celebrations when they exalt "the works of man", more than the "works of God".  The world needs to learn from the Eucharist what solidarity is.

Pope says Eucharist is antidote to Christians' lukewarm faith and atheism in the world

In the opening mass of the Synod of the Eucharist, Benedict XVI put the Church in the west on guard against its possible disappearance. And he reminded the world that where God is marginalized, there is only violence and injustice.

Sister Nirmala Joshi speaks about the importance of the Eucharist in Mother Teresa's life
In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity remembers how central the Eucharist was in the mission of the Blessed Mother. From its adoration, she drew "light and energy to recognise, love and serve Jesus amongst the poor". "May It lead to an explosion of charity," says the message of the Missionaries of Charity.

Editor's choices

Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

Bernardo Cervellera

Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


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