APARECIDA, Brazil, MAY 29, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in Canada will be an opportunity to promote a continentwide mission being called for by the prelates meeting in Brazil, says the archbishop of Quebec. Cardinal Marc Ouellet presented the preparations for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress during an address at the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida.
The June 15-22, 2008, congress in Quebec will focus on the theme “The Eucharist, Gift of God for the Life of the World.”
“The theme will be an extension of what we have discussed during this 5th general conference,” explained Cardinal Ouellet during a press conference.
The 62-year-old cardinal said the Eucharistic congress will promote the mission shared by the entire American continent.
“It will elaborate on certain doctrinal aspects of the Eucharist in an original way, with emphasis on the sacrament’s Trinitarian and missionary nature as a ecclesiological key to highlight the New Covenant and the nuptial symbolism of the Eucharistic mystery,” the cardinal explained.
The congress coincides with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Quebec as the seat of the first Catholic diocese north of Mexico.
The Eucharistic congress, Cardinal Ouellet said, will be a “kairos,” that is, a magnificent opportunity to promote the great continental mission of the combined Americas.
To register for the Eucharistic congress, visit www.cei2008.ca.