Pontiff Sends Greetings to Italy's Eucharistic Congress

He Will Travel to Ancona for Closing Mass Next Sunday

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 4, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI sent a greeting to those gathered for the 25th National Eucharistic Congress in Ancona, Italy, noting that he will soon join them.

The congress opened today with a Mass presided over by the Pope’s legate to the event, Cardinale Giovanni Battista Re.

«Next Sunday, God willing, I will have the joy of traveling to Ancona for the final day of the congress,» the Holy Father said. «In the meantime I offer my cordial greeting and benediction on those who are participating in this event of grace, who adore and praise Christ in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist, the font of life and hope for every man and for the whole world.»

Benedict XVI also sent his greetings to the doctors gathered for the Matercare International Conference on the Dignity of Mothers and Obstetricians.

On Aug. 31, MaterCare International opened its conference, sponsored by the Pontifical Academy for Life and supported by the contribution of the World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC).

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