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Ratzinger says Church becomes a museum without Eucharist

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who worked closely with John Paul II in the forthcoming encyclical on the Eucharist, has just published a book on this sacrament.

"All of us know the difference between a Church that prays and a Church that has been reduced to a museum," said Cardinal Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

"Today we run the risk of having our churches turned into museums and ending like museums," he said. "They have no life. The measure of the Church's vitality, the measure of its interior openness."

"The Eucharist, and the community that celebrates it, will be full in the measure in which we prepare ourselves in silent prayer before the presence of the Lord and become persons who want to communicate with truth."

The Italian edition of Ratzinger's book An Intimate God has just gone on sale.


Encyclical on Eucharist Due Out in April (Zenit)
St Paul Editions | Il Dio vicino
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
New Papal Encyclical on Eucharist due soon (5/3/03)

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19 Mar 2003