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Bishops promote reverence for Eucharist

Australia's Catholic bishops are looking at ways of enhancing due reverence for Holy Communion, taking particular account of the hardships faced by communities in Australia where regular access to a priest may be difficult.

They were reflecting at their recent Plenary Meeting on the local implications of Pope John Paul II's encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, relased earlier last month on Holy Thursday.

Consideration was also given to the question of the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds and to issues surrounding lay preaching and Australian adaptations to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

The bishops sent directives on these issues for recognition by the Vatican.

The Bishops sent a formal greeting to Pope John Paul II during the Meeting, welcoming his recent encyclical on the meaning of the Mass.

They also approved the construction of a website for the National Liturgical Commission.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference | National Liturgical Commission
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Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia of His Holiness Pope John Paul II (full text, Vatican website)
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28 May 2003