Pope Hoping for a More Missionary Church

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 23, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI said he hopes that the Church will be more missionary as a result of the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist.

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The Pope highlighted “the link that exists between the mission of the Church and the Eucharist,” as every missionary must be “bread broken for the life of the world.”

“The missionary and evangelizing action is the apostolic diffusion of love that is found as though concentrated in the Blessed Sacrament,” he said before praying the midday Angelus with the crowds gathered today in St. Peter’s Square.

According to the Holy Father, “Whoever receives Christ in the reality of his body and blood cannot keep this gift to himself, but is impelled to share it in courageous witness of the Gospel, in service to brothers in difficulty, in forgiveness for offenses.

“For some, moreover, the Eucharist is seed of a specific call to leave everything to go and proclaim Christ to those who still do not know him.”

The Holy Father entrusted to Mary, “Eucharistic woman,” as Pope John Paul II described her, “the spiritual fruits of the synod and of the Year of the Eucharist.”

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