Eucharist will be centre stage at US Bishops’ Plenary Assembly

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During the Assembly, the prelates will discuss the approval of the Declaration on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.

United States of America – Baltimore (20/10/2021 09:00, Gaudium Press) From 15 to 18 November, the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be held in the North American city of Baltimore. The opening ceremony will be presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, and the president of the USCCB, Bishop Jose H. Gomez.

Eucharistic Revival

During the meeting, the three-year plan for a ‘Eucharistic Revival‘ presented at the June plenary session by the president of the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis will be examined.

Entitled ‘Eucharistic Revival: My Flesh for the Life of the World’, this initiative stems from the results of a study presented in 2019 by the ‘Pew Research Center’, which demonstrates the scarce understanding of this Sacrament that is central to the life of every Christian.

Eucharistic Triennium

Scheduled to begin in 2022, the plan is made up of three phases: the formation of ‘Eucharistic missionaries’; the mission to catechise the faithful on the authentic meaning of the Eucharist; and animating Eucharistic initiatives in parishes.

The culmination of this triennium will occur in the year 2024, when a National Eucharistic Congress will be convoked. The event is part of the objectives set by the Episcopal Conference in the plan of pastoral action for the four-year period 2021-2024

Declaration on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church

During the meetings, the prelates will discuss the approval of the Declaration on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, prepared by the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The third part of this document will include a section on ‘Eucharistic Coherence‘, in which the dignity of access to Holy Communion will be discussed with reference to all the faithful who hold public office but support legislation contrary to Church teachings. (EPC)

 

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