11/12/2015, 00.00
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Pope: The Eucharist is not a reward for good, rather strength for the weak, for sinners

A video message from Pope Francis opens India’s National Eucharistic Congress in Mumbai. "Communion with the Lord," says Francis, "leads us to solidarity with others." "Human beings the world over need nourishment", not only "what it takes to satisfy physical hunger."

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "We learn that the Eucharist is not only a reward for the good but also the strength for the weak and for sinners. It is forgiveness and sustenance which helps us on our journey ": This is Pope Francis’ message relayed through video to participants at the opening session of the Indian National Eucharistic Congress, today in Mumbai.

The Eucharistic Congress, says the Pope, is "God's gift not only to the Christians of India but to the entire population of a country so culturally diverse and yet so spiritually rich." Francis then recalled what Paul VI spoke of during his trip to India in 1964, in his address to the faithful of non-Christian religions. He remarked: "Christ is dear also to this country, not only to those who are Christians – they are a minority – but to the millions of people who have come to know and love him as an inspiration of love and self-sacrifice."

"Communion with the Lord," said Francis, "leads us to solidarity with others." “Human beings all over the word today need nourishment. And this nourishment is not only for satisfying physical hunger. " Hence the appeal to all those who are fed and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ not to be indifferent towards their brothers and sisters who suffer from hunger, not only physical but also hunger for " for love, immortality, affection, being cared for, forgiveness, mercy. These types of hunger can be satisfied only with the Bread that comes from above".

Then again the call "to bring the joy of the Gospel to those who have not yet received" and "hope to those who live in darkness and despair." Finally Francis expressed the hope that this Congress is "a beacon of light for the people of India", "a the herald of great joy and happiness. May it be an occasion for my Indian brothers and sisters to come together in unityand love”.

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