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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Pope Benedict recalls adoration in Hyde Park

The Holy Father devoted his General Audience address today to the figure of Saint Juliana of Liege who was instrumental in promoting the feast of Corpus Christi which was instituted by Pope Urban IV in 1264. The address is well worth reading. Here is a link to the google translation which is not bad. I expect Zenit will carry the text soon. The Holy Father also mentions the miracle of Bolsena in which drops of blood dripped from the host onto the corporal which is preserved in a chapel in the Cathderal of Orvieto. I had the privilege of celebrating Mass at the altar of the corporal (above) during my first year as a priest.

Pope Benedict spoke of a "springtime of the Eucharist" especially among the young, and said:
It is consoling to know that many groups of young people have rediscovered the beauty of praying in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. I think, for example, of our adoration in Hyde Park, London. I pray that this "springtime" of the Eucharist will continue to spread in all parishes, particularly in Belgium, the birthplace of Saint Juliana.
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