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Cardinal sees Eucharistic Congress as turning point for Church in Ireland

June 06, 2012

Pope Benedict’s legate to the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin predicts that the event, which begins on June 10, “will be an extraordinary moment in the Church in Ireland and the starting point of a new path which will be followed also by other initiatives in the wake of this gift of God.”

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said that Irish Catholics have an “extraordinary history, and they should be proud of this past which still has an impact on the present and is always part of the heritage that we should meditate upon and look for new energies for the renewal of the Church nowadays in Ireland.”

The former archbishop of Québec recalled that the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in Québec led to the opening of two new seminaries and increased unity within the Church.

In his interview with Vatican Radio, the prelate also discussed the development of the theology of communion since the Second Vatican Council and the development of the theology of the family under Blessed John Paul II.


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