Pope Benedict greets Archbishop Martin & Eucharistic Congress Team

Saturday September 11, 2010


In the second week of November a delegation from the Congress Organising Committee, led by Archbishop Martin, participated in an international gathering in Rome, hosted by the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

The Irish delegation presented the preliminary arrangements for the Eucharistic Congress to seventy delegates nominated by Bishops’ Conferences from all five continents.

The delegation was composed of Archbishop Martin (President IEC2012), Gerard Gallagher (Chair of Committee for Pastoral &Liturgical Planning and Programming), Barbara Gilroy (Chair of Special Events committee), Anne Griffin (General Manager), and Fr Kevin Doran (Secretary General IEC2012).

Press Release from the Archdiocese of Dublin

This morning in the Sala Clementina of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. Addressing the delegation, His Holiness expressed the hope that the preparations in Ireland for the International Eucharistic Congress would help with the renewal of the Irish Church.

Pope Benedict said “your Assembly has paid great attention to this event, which is also part of the modernisation programme of the Church in Ireland. The theme, recalls the centrality of the Eucharistic Mystery for the growth of the life of faith and every authentic process of Church renewal”.

Pope Benedict also remarked that this week’s meeting falls on the 50th anniversary of the Eucharistic Congress in Munich, Bavaria, which marked a turning point in understanding these ecclesial events, and which the Pope said “I had the pleasure of attending that assembly in person, as a young professor of theology”. In addition, he said the 2012 Congress in Ireland will have a jubilee character, as it will be the 50th Congress and it will also be 50 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

The Eucharistic Congress will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin on behalf of the whole Irish Church. The theme of the 2012 Congress is “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and one another” and pastoral planning and preparations are well under way throughout Ireland.

The programme of the 2012 Congress was presented to the assembled delgates by the Irish organisers on the second day of the conference. The Congress theological document "Pastoral and Theological reflections for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress" was presented by Archbishop Martin in plenary session. Alongside this, Fr. Kevin Doran (Secretary General) outlined the four-stage programme of pastoral preparation which has been introduced in most Irish dioceses, and invited delegates to make this a truly international Congress by making use of these pastoral resources in their own countries also.

The delegates were also introduced to the new Congress hymn "Though we are Many" by contemporary Irish composer Bernard Sexton. The Congress prayer (in 7 languages) and the promotional DVD were also presented.


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