URGENT! Make a gift that will be doubled. We have $9,981 left to match by December 1st.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope asks children, parents to prepare zealously for First Communion

Catholic World News - April 23, 2012

At his public audience on Sunday, April 22, Pope Benedict XVI recognized the presence of hundreds of Italian children preparing for their First Communion celebrations, and encouraged them—as well as their pastors and their families—to “prepare this feast of the faith well, with great fervor but also with sobriety.”

In Italy it is customary for children to receive their First Communion shortly after Easter, and the crowd in St. Peter’s Square was dotted with the young people and their parents. The Pontiff devoted most of his remarks to the Eucharist, observing that the disciples at Emmaus “recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread” and “we too meet the Lord in the celebration of the Eucharist.”

In the days following the Resurrection, the Pope said, Jesus calmed the frightened disciples when he appeared to them, assuring them that they were not seeing a ghost, by asking them for something to eat. Today Jesus assures the faithful that His Presence is real, the Pontiff continued. Quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, he said that Jesus is fully present in the Eucharist, body and soul, “since the Godhead never set aside the assumed body.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($64,089 to go):
$150,000.00 $85,911.12
43% 57%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days