Pope's Eucharist meditation closes WYD

CLICK HEREAt the closing Mass for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a profound meditation on the Eucharist, challenging young Catholics to recognise the Mass as the core of Christian life and worship.

Catholic World News reports that the Holy Father said on Sunday that today's young Christians must avoid the perils of a secular culture that is forgetful of God, and the proliferation of sects that make religion a consumer product.

The previous evening, during a vigil at Marienfeld, the Pope had told his young listeners that the power of faith is greater and more productive than human ideologies.

Christ's Church, the Pope said, must be fully identified with Christ's sacrifice: "In the Eucharist, adoration must become union."

In the climactic ceremony of the World Youth Day celebrated during the Year of the Eucharist, the Pontiff devoted most of his homily to a commentary on the Eucharist.

He explained: "This is the transubstantiation which was accomplished at the Last Supper, and was destined to set into motion a series of transformations leading ultimately to the transformation of the world, when God will be all in all."

After announcing that the next World Youth Day would be held in Sydney in 2008, the Pope gave his final blessing to the crowd.

With threatening clouds appearing on the horizon over Marienfeld, and gusts of wind sweeping across the park, Pope Benedict made his departure, to sustained applause. As he left, the field echoed with the chant: "Benedetto!"

Pope's meditation on Eucharist closes WYD (Catholic World News 22/8/05)

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23 Aug 2005