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National Eucharistic Congress of India comes to an end

Nov. 18, 2015

The curtain came down on the 4-day National Eucharistic Congress of India on Sunday, in Mumbai, with delegates from all of the country's dioceses pledging themselves to nourish others having been nourished by the Eucharist.  The ‎theme of the Nov. 12-15 Eucharistic congress, held in the Pius X Seminary, Goregaon was, “Nourished by Christ, to Nourish Others”.  The ‎Eucharistic Congress commemorated ‎‎50 years of  Blessed Pope Paul  VI’s visit to India, Dec 2-5, 1964, to celebrate the 38th ‎International Eucharistic Congress in Bombay, today called ‎Mumbai.  ‎

Besides delegating Sri Lankan Cardinal, Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, as his special envoy to the event, Pope Francis also sent a video message to the participants.  The concluding Mass on Sunday was celebrated using the chalice that Blessed Pope Paul VI had gifted to Bombay Archdiocese 50 years ago, as well as another chalice gifted this time by Pope Francis and brought by Card. Ranjith. 

A Eucharistic Congress gathers together the clergy, religious and laity to ‎promote the awareness of ‎the ‎central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic ‎Church. It helps improve ‎the ‎understanding and celebration of the liturgy and draws attention to the ‎social dimension of ‎the ‎Eucharist.   ‎

At the end of the Mass, the host of the Congress, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay made a pledge with all delegates joining in, to nourish others, in tune with the theme of the Eucharistic Congress. 

We delegates from dioceses all over the country met Jesus during this National Eucharistic Congress: in the Word that we listened to;  in moments of prayer and silence; and especially in the Sacred Bread and Chalice that we shared.  These four days of the Eucharistic Congress were days of intimacy with the Lord. They have transformed us: and so nourished by Christ we go out to nourish others: the hungry and the thirsty; the stranger and the naked; the sick and those in prison (Mt 25: 34-36). Continue to nourish us Lord. May the Eucharist always be our strength, our courage and the Light that we give to the world. 

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