Canadian Eucharist Congress could draw Pope

A Papal visit could be on the card for Canada as the country's first Eucharistic Congress since 1910 is set to take place next year.

The event is expected to draw over 100,000 with local Catholics hoping it will inject new life into the Christian community, Catholic News Agency reported.

Archbishop of Quebec Cardinal Marc Oullet (pictured) said the Congress will be the culmination of the Church's efforts to re-evangelize Quebec.

"We have been preparing for this for years. There is a need in Quebec to reconnect with our Christian roots and to revive the Catholic identity," Archbishop Oullet said.

The International Eucharistic Congress will include 15,000 delegates and 50 cardinals from 60 countries will meet to foster devotion to the Eucharist.

It is possible Pope Benedict will visit to preside over the congress' outdoor Mass on the historic Plains of Abraham, the site of a 1759 battle that led to the British takeover of French Canada.

The congress also coincides with Quebec City's 400th anniversary.

Quebec was the centre of a strong Catholic population until the 1960s, when the so-called Quiet Revolution began a rapid secularization of the region.

Cardinal Oullet said he hoped the Eucharistic Congress would dispel animosity toward the Church.

Cardinal Oullet has invited Pope Benedict to the conference, but the Pope has not confirmed his attendance. The cardinal hopes to get a final answer at the end of November when he visits Rome.

Possible papal visit to Quebec inspires hopes of Catholic revival (Catholic News Agency, 06/11/07)

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7 Nov 2007