On the eve of what the U.S. Catholic Bishops have called Fortnight for Freedom, over 300 people gathered at San Diego’s historic Mission de Acala to pray and rally for the protection of religious freedom. San Diego’s Coadjuter Bishop, Bishop Cirilo Flores, and president and founder of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, Thomas McKenna, [...]
While the Holy Father affirmed in clear terms the importance of the Mass, he went on to emphasize, “It is a mistake to establish a contrast between celebration and adoration, as if they were in competition with one another. The opposite is true. The (adoration) of the Blessed Sacrament represents the spiritual environment with which the community can celebrate the Eucharist correctly and truthfully.”
Archbishop William Lori stressed the importance of laity involvement in efforts to defend religious freedom from the ongoing threats in the U.S. His remarks were made recently at the 2012 National Religious Freedom award dinner: “It’s important, of course, for bishops to be teachers and leaders.” But “it is crucial for lay men and women, [...]
Today Italy and many other countries are celebrating Corpus Christi, the solemn Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord… which every year renews Christians’ joy and gratitude at Jesus’ Eucharistic presence among us”, said the Pope to faithful gathered at midday in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus.
Pope Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, including the Corpus Christi procession that he led this evening in Rome. “One unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension, restricting in practice the Eucharist to the moment of celebration,” the Pope said during his [...]