IEC2012 Blog

Renewing the parish as people of the Holy Spirit

June 16, 2012

I’ve been so lucky this week to get into many of the workshops that had a limited audience capacity. Today’s workshop by David Payne was one of those. David works in full time evangelization ministry and is passionate about putting life back into our Church, and reaching lapsed Catholics.

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A Journey as a Sacrament Part 7 – St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral

June 16, 2012

The last stop on the Pilgrim Walk was St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street in the heart of Dublin City. The history of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral is extensive and has origins dating all the way back to the twelfth century. The state, by Act of Parliament, created the Protestant Parish of St. Mary in 1697, and ten years later Archbishop Byrne, although in hiding, made it the Catholic Parish of St. Mary.

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Suffering and Healing

June 16, 2012

One could be tempted to describe the contents of today’s programme in detail (Friday 15th June). Indeed the theme of the day was “Communion in Suffering and Healing”, a theme that was ably addressed by Archbishop Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, Iraq.

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‘Holy Eucharist is the treasure of the Church’, says Papal Legate

June 11, 2012

In his homily during the Opening Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland, on 10 June 2012, the Papal Legate, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, told the congregation that “the Holy Eucharist is the treasure of the Church, which is essential to her life”.

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Comments on the Opening Ceremony

June 11, 2012

The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles J Brown:

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The Healing Stone – A Way Forward?

June 10, 2012

Sunday 10th June 2012 will go down in history as the opening day of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin but for some individuals today will be remembered for the IEC2012 unveiling of the Healing Stone at the Opening Ceremony as a means of acknowledging the abuse of children. The Healing Stone comprises a large, shaped piece of Wicklow granite which is engraved with a prayer composed by a survivor of clerical abuse.

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When words are not enough

June 10, 2012

I've met so many people at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th international Eucharist Congress: volunteers, performers, exhibitors and religious. Frequently used words to describe the Opening Ceremony were - Renewal, Spiritual, Amazing, Incredible, and Dana Rosemary Scanlon, who was amongst the pilgrims, reflected for a moment and simply said "Healing".

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