Pope Promotes Plans for 2004 International Eucharistic Congress

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 5, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II encouraged preparations for the International Eucharistic Congress, set for 2004 in Guadalajara, Mexico, when he met with the organizing committee.

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At a time marked by “threatening clouds,” he said during today’s meeting, “it is necessary to give again to humanity the authentic light that enlightens every man” — Christ.

The theme of the congress will be “The Eucharist, Light and Life of the New Millennium.” The event is scheduled for Oct. 10-17, 2004.

Sixty people attended the meeting, including Cardinal Jozef Tomko, president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, and Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, archbishop of Guadalajara.

The committee, which gathers the national delegates of all the continents in Rome from today until Thursday, was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1879 to organize these congresses and to “make our Lord Jesus Christ increasingly known, loved and served in his Eucharistic Mystery, center of the life of the Church and of its mission for the salvation of the world,” the statutes state.

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