In March 2009, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin established the Theological Commission, made up of experts in the fields of biblical studies, liturgy, theology, anthropology, pastoral theology and ecumenism, and entrusted them with the task of developing a document incorporating pastoral and theological reflections which would provide the basis for an appropriate spiritual renewal. Following extensive consultation, the Congress theological document was published in October 2010.
Read here the Theological Document for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress
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Over the years, various other documents have explored the centrality of the Eucharist to the life and ministry of the Church. The links below offer complete texts of some of these documents.
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy prepared during the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1963.
Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Enyclical letter of Pope John Paul II on the Eucharist and its relationship to the Church.
Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI on the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Church's life and mission
One Bread, One Body
A teaching document on the Eucharist in the life of the Church (published jointly in 1998 by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, England & Wales and Scotland).
The Shape, Significance & Ecclesial Impact of Eucharistic Congresses.
An address given by Archbishop Piero Marini, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, to the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in June 2009
La Fisionomia dei Congressi Eucharistici tra Storia e Attualità.
Intervento di S. E. Mons. Piero Marini, Presidente del Pontificio Comitato per i Congressi Eucaristici Internazionali, All’assemblea plenaria della Conferenza Episcopale d’Irlanda.