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Pope Francis: the Eucharist summons us to be missionaries of mercy

February 01, 2016

In a video-message for the conclusion of the International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines, Pope Francis said that Christ’s Eucharistic presence is “not only a consolation, but also a promise and a summons.”

“It is a promise that everlasting joy and peace will one day be ours in the fullness of his Kingdom,” he said in his January 31 message. “But it is also a summons to go forth, as missionaries, to bring the message of the Father’s tenderness, forgiveness and mercy to every man, woman and child.”

“When we think of the conflicts, the injustices and the urgent humanitarian crises which mark our time, we realize how important it is for every Christian to be a true missionary disciple, bringing the good news of Christ’s redemptive love to a world in such need of reconciliation, justice and peace,” the Pope continued. “We are called to bring the balm of God’s merciful love to the whole human family, binding up wounds, bringing hope where despair so often seems to have the upper hand.”

Reflecting on “table fellowship” and the washing of feet, the Pope said that “the Eucharist is a school of humble service. It teaches us readiness to be there for others. This too is at the heart of missionary discipleship.”

The Pope also announced that the 2020 International Eucharistic Congress will take place in Budapest.


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