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Pope: Without the Eucharist, everything the Church does is vain

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2018 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a brief day-trip to two small Italian cities, Pope Francis stressed the centrality of the Eucharist to the life and actions of the Church, saying without Christ’s love and self-sacrifice, everything would be done in vanity, since everything Jesus did was for others.

“The Eucharist is not a beautiful rite, but it is the most intimate, the most concrete, the most surprising communion that one can imagine with God: a communion of love so real that it takes on the form of eating,” the pope said April 20.

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April 20: Matthew 27:51; John 10:7; John 10:9; John 14:6; Romans 5:1–2; Ephesians 2:18–19; Hebrews 9:8; Hebrews 10:19–20; 1 Peter 3:18; Jeremiah 20:9; Matthew 25:25–27; Mark 5:19; Acts 4:18–20; 1 Corinthians 9:16; 1 Corinthians 9:18; 2 Corinthians 5:14

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German bishops' spokesman denies report that Vatican has rejected intercommunion policy (Servizio Informazione Religiosa)

Referring to the “pastoral guide on inter-confessional marriage and common participation in the Eucharist,” Matthias Kopp said that “news that the document has been challenged by the Pope or by the Vatican departments is false.” The news site Kathnet had reported that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had rejected the policy. …read more

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There's no 'maybe' when answering the Lord's call, pope says

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2018 / 03:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking in the southern Italian town of Alessano on Friday, Pope Francis said that we should be on fire for our faith, combining prayer and action after the example of the Italian bishop Tonino Bello.

“Here, this is the vocation according to Don Tonino: a call to become not only faithful devotees, but real lovers of the Lord… When the Lord sets the heart on fire, hope cannot be extinguished. When the Lord asks for a ‘yes,’ we cannot answer with ‘maybe,’” the pope said April 20.

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German bishops devote ecumenical pro-life week to prenatal diagnosis (Servizio Informazione Religiosa)

The initiative’s goal is “to encourage parents to accept their child unreservedly” when faced with a diagnosis of a birth defect. “Diseases and disabilities of the newborn are diagnosed without risks during pregnancy, but no mention is made of related therapeutic treatment,” said Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier. …read more

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Leading EU official meets with head of EU bishops' commission (COMECE)

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, “acknowledged the positive role of the Church in the society,” while Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, “recalled the need to base the political process on dialogue and harmony between all political, social, cultural and religious actors.” …read more

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