Message of Pope Francis during the Statio Orbis of the 51st IEC
24-31 January 2016
A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of people aimed at promoting an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church. The Roman Ritual De Sacra Communione et de Cultu Mysterii Eucharistici extra Missam defines the Congress as “a pause for commitment and prayer to which a particular Church invites the universal Church”. During this time “the celebration of the Eucharist becomes the center and vortex of all forms of piety, of theological and pastoral reflections, of social commitment”.
The Congress normally takes place every four years. Eucharistic Congresses are not the same everywhere. They are characterized by a life of faith and by the culture and tradition of a particular country. All these must be seen during the Congress.
PBS-RTVM, in cooperation with the People’s Television Network, serves as the official Host Broadcast of the 51st IEC that will cover all the Congress sessions and related events from January 24 to 31, 2016.
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