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Pope writing encyclical on Eucharist to summarise his theology

Pope John Paul II is preparing an encyclical on the Eucharist, according to an Italian TV report confirmed by the Zenit news agency.

Zenit says the Holy Father sees in Christ's real presence in the Eucharist a profound link with all the writings of his pontificate, which began with the encyclical Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man) in March 1979.

John Paul II has published 13 encyclicals, the last of which was Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), in 1998.

In his 2001 apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the Beginning of the New Millennium), No. 36, he wrote: "The Sunday Eucharist which every week gathers Christians together as God's family round the table of the Word and the Bread of Life, is also the most natural antidote to dispersion."


31 May 2002