50th International Eucharistic Congress

The Eucharistic Congress is intended to make manifest “the central place of the Eucharist in the life of the Church and in her mission pro mundi vita” (Statutes, Art. 16).


The ecclesiology of communion makes important links between the Church and the Eucharist. The Church is a communion, drawing her life from the Eucharist (cf. Ecclesia de Eucharistia). This communion is constituted by the real presence of Jesus but also by the presence of those who, many or few, gather in His name at the “one table of the Word and of the Bread of Life.” (Dies Domini, 36), and enter into a real personal encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist which shapes their lives.

In a world in which many forms of community have collapsed, the Church not only is communion, but also has, as an essential element of her mission, the task of proposing, building-up and sustaining forms of community:

The Sunday Eucharist which every week gathers Christians together as God's family round the table of the Word and the Bread of Life, is also the most natural antidote to dispersion. It is the privileged place where communion is ceaselessly proclaimed and nurtured. Precisely through sharing in the Eucharist, the Lord's Day also becomes the Day of the Church, when she can effectively exercise her role as the sacrament of unity. (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 36; cf. also 43-45)

It is our hope that the theme: The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one anotherwill contribute to an enriched understanding of the Eucharist as true personal Communion with Jesus Christ and to a renewed understanding of the Church as an essentially Eucharistic community.


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