Speakers Describe the Power of the Eucharist

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6/19/2008

Power of the Eucharist to heal and transform the world described at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec addresses reporters during a mid-day press conference June 18.

Hope in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Eucharist to heal and transform the world were themes addressed by speakers and participants at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City June 18.

More than 15,000 people are taking part in the weeklong event.

Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Buenos Aires delivered the day’s main talk on the Eucharist.

He said the Church was not just an organization, but a community – a communion – of believers and that the Eucharist was at the heart of the Church.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, delivers a catechesis June 18 during the Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City.

Cardinal Bergoglio also said Mary was a model for believers.

She teaches us how to be “church,” he said. Mary put her confidence in God and accompanied Jesus throughout his life to the cross. That is the type of commitment every believer needs to make, he said.

At a press conference later in the day, Cardinal Bergoglio said if more people realized and truly understood that Jesus was present in the tabernacle, churches would not remain empty.

The day’s events also included a celebration of the Divine Liturgy according to the Byzantine rite.

Archbishop Lawrence Huculak of Winnipeg, Manitoba, presides at a Divine Liturgy June 18 during the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City.

Archbishop Lawrence Huculak of Winnipeg, archeparch of Ukrainian Catholics and metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in Canada, was the main celebrant.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, organizer of the eucharistic congress, called the morning’s liturgical celebration a “marriage of heaven and earth” in its use of ritual and music.

“The Catholic faith is transcultural,” Cardinal Ouellet said. “It transcends the culture” and unites all believers.