Theme for Eucharistic Congress in Ireland announced by Vatican

22 Sep 2009

22 September 2009

Theme for Eucharistic Congress in Ireland announced by Vatican

The Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses has announced the theme for the next International Eucharistic Congress “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another”.

The Congress, the fiftieth of the series will take place from 10th to 17th June 2012 in Dublin.

The choice of theme arises from the fact that the celebration of the congress coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the inauguration of Vatican Council II, which Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said was a moment of renewal for the Church’s teaching and for her understanding of herself as Body of Christ and Body of God.”

The Vatican communiqué said “The theme has its direct inspiration in paragraph 7 of the Constitution ‘Lumen gentium’ which reads: ‘Really partaking of the body of the Lord in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, we are taken up into communion with Him and with one another.’ Because the bread is one, we though many, are one body, all of us who partake of the one bread’. In this way all of us are made members of His Body, ‘but severally members one of another'”.

The communique added: “The Archbishop of Dublin has also emphasised the possibility of developing the theme of the next International Eucharistic Congress by reflecting on certain important topics such as: communion with Christ as a foundation for Christian life; the Eucharist as a way of life for clergy, Christian families and religious communities; the gesture of ‘breaking bread’ as a principle of Christian solidarity; the Eucharist, seed of life for the world of suffering and fragility; and ecumenism and the sharing of the one bread”.

A planning committee has been set up in Dublin to begin co-coordinating events for 2012 and a dedicated website at www.iec

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