Pope's Message to IV National Eucharistic Congress in Costa Rica

Here is a translation of the message that Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sent in the name of the Holy Father Francis, to the participants in the 4th National Eucharistic Congress in Costa Rica (Cartago, April 14-21, 2013) on the topic: “The Eucharist: Bread of Life for Our People.” The message was read by the Pope’s envoy, Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

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The Holy Father Francis is pleased to send his cordial greetings to the organizers and participants of the National Eucharistic Congress, convened under the theme: “The Eucharist: Bread of Life For Our People.”

In this moment, His Holiness invites all to intensify their life of prayer, making the Eucharist the true center of Christian communities, where prayer and thanksgiving stimulate a renewed evangelizing commitment of ecclesial communion. May all baptized draw from the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar copious spiritual energies to build an ever more just and reconciled world, in keeping with the message of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

With these regards, the Supreme Pontiff entrusts to the loving protection of Our Lady of the Angels, the pastors and faithful who have made the pilgrimage to the House of the Father in Costa Rica. As a sign of abundant heavenly gifts, he affectionately imparts to them the besought Apostolic Blessing.



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