8 November 2017

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8 November 2017

Postby Alice » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:17 pm

Wednesday 8 November 2017

General Audience: Pope Francis begins a new catechesis series on the Eucharist

Pope Francis began a new catechesis series on the Eucharist, which he will expand upon in the coming weeks.

The pope called the sacrament “the very 'heart' of the Church and the source of her life.” He pointed to the martyrs as testaments to the vitality of the Eucharist.

“How many martyrs have died to defend the Eucharist! Their witness confirms our Lord’s promise that by partaking of his body and blood we pass with him from death to life.”

Pope Francis also invited Christians to reflect on the Mass as an “offering of praise and thanksgiving.”

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS
"Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today begins a new series of catecheses devoted to the Eucharist. The Mass is the very “heart” of the Church and the source of her life. How many martyrs have died to defend the Eucharist! Their witness confirms our Lord’s promise that by partaking of his body and blood we pass with him from death to life (cf. Jn 6:54). At every celebration of Mass, our lives, offered in union with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, become, in him, an offering of praise and thanksgiving pleasing to the Father, for the salvation of the world. The liturgical renewal called for by Second Vatican Council sought to help the faithful understand more fully and share more fruitfully in the Eucharist. At Mass, Jesus becomes truly present and allows us in some way, like the Apostle Thomas, to touch his flesh and renew our faith in him. In coming weeks, we will seek to grow in our appreciation of this great gift, so as to share more fully in its spiritual riches and beauty, which give ultimate meaning and direction to our lives.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly the groups from New Zealand, the Philippines, Korea, Canada and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ."





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Pope Francis: It hurts me to see them using mobile phones in Mass (lay, priests and bishops)

It bothers Pope Francis when people take photos of him with their mobile phones during Mass, especially if the person is a priest or bishop.

POPE FRANCIS
“It upsets me when I celebrate Mass in the square or in the basilica and I see so many mobile phones in the air, not only from the faithful, but also from some priests and bishops... Please... Mass is not a show, it is going to the encounter of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord.”

The pope said during the next few months he will speak about the Eucharist at the Wednesday catecheses to explain the meaning of the Mass.

POPE FRANCIS
“Have you seen how the children make the sign of the cross? You don't know what they're doing, if it's the sign of the cross or a drawing. They do it like this and don't know how... We need to learn and teach the children to do it correctly. That's how the Mass begins, life begins, the day begins. It means we have been saved by the Cross of the Lord. Look at the children and teach them to make the sign of the cross correctly.”

Pope Francis reminded that, just as many martyrs gave their lives to defend the Eucharist, there are Christians today who risk different types of persecution to go to Mass. He asked Catholics to stop and reflect on the Mass' meaning.

POPE FRANCIS
“Think... When you go to Mass, the Lord is there. You get distracted, daydream... but the Lord is there. Let's think about this... 'Father, but Masses are boring.' 'What does the Lord say that is boring?' 'No, no, not the Mass, the priests.' Well the priests should change! The Lord is there, though. Understood? Don't forget it.”

This is the seventh catechesis series from Pope Francis. In addition to finishing the Year of the Faith series that Benedict XVI began, the pope has dedicated catecheses to the sacraments, the Holy Spirit's gifts, the Church, the family, the joy of mercy and hope.


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