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Benedict XVI blesses Eucharistic Congress bell

By on Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Pope Benedict XVI rings the bell before his general audience (CNS photo)

Pope Benedict XVI rings the bell before his general audience (CNS photo)

Pope Benedict XVI blessed and rang the official International Eucharistic Congress bell, which has been on tour across Ireland for nearly a year, in preparation for the world meeting in June.

An Irish delegation, led by the 2012 congress president Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, presented the Pope with the small brass bell before the start of his weekly general audience on March 14. Before the Pope was driven into St Peter’s Square, he met the delegation and rang the bell.

Congress organisers said a quarter of a million Irish pilgrims have rung the bell since the start of its pilgrimage March 17, 2011.

The bell has been brought to parishes, schools, nursing homes and hospitals throughout Ireland to raise awareness about the Eucharistic congress and to call people to attend the event.

According to tradition, St Patrick left a bell in every church he consecrated as a way to call people to the Eucharist, congress organisers.

The delegation also presented the Pope with a medal commemorating the congress, and a bowl of Irish shamrock to mark the March 17 feast of St Patrick.

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress is in Dublin from June 10 to June 17 and has the theme: “The Eucharist: Communion With Christ and With One Another.” Pope Benedict will not be attending the congress.

During his general audience with about 10,000 pilgrims from all over the world, the Pope continued his cycle of talks on prayer and started a new chapter looking at prayer depicted in the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters of St Paul.

He spoke about Mary and her “privileged place in the Church, of which she is the ‘exemplar and outstanding model in faith and charity’.”

He said people can learn how to pray from Mary: listening patiently and humbly, and freely and fully accepting God’s will.

Often people turn to prayer when facing great difficulty, anxiety or fear, he said, because by turning to the Lord, people can find “light, comfort and help.”

Mary also invites people to experience another dimension of prayer and “to turn to God not just when in need and not only for oneself,” but to pray together as a Christian community, united in faith “with one heart and one soul,” he said.

“Mary teaches us the necessity of prayer and shows us how, only with a constant and intimate bond of love with her son, can we leave ‘our home’ and step outside of ourselves with courage, in order to reach the ends of the earth and everywhere proclaim Lord Jesus, saviour of the world.”

At the end of his talk, the Pope met Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, Chaldean patriarch of Baghdad, and Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, who presented the Pope with a wrapped gift.

The Pope also met Chaldean Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, head of the Catholic Diocese of St Peter the Apostle, of San Diego. The Iraqi-born bishop has under his care Chaldean Catholics in the western United States, and he was leading a pilgrimage of about 90 Chaldean Catholics to Rome.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder does The Holy Father really know about this congress. ” Liturgy of word and water” By the Protestant Archbishop of Dublin , for example? More of the same from the Irish Church. Little if anything to do with Eucharist.

  • daclamat

    Shamefully the Guardian has used this picture to  head a calumnious article depicting our Holy Father in terms that who would have brought a blush to  the effete cheeks of  Norman St John Stevas.    Lacking all foundation it claims that he has commissioned a personal perfume from Silvana Castoli. Ever the defender of the purest tradition the Holy Father entrusts the making of his red shoes to a personal shoemaker; his scarlet wide brimmed hat  is made exclusively for him; his personal daily attire is fittingly bespoke. Surely when our Pope raises his arms  in blessing it is vital that his personal fragrance be blameless under the pitiless scrutiny of the invasive media.
    The Guardian has enured us to its relentless anti-Catholic, anti-clerical, anti doctrinal stance.
    To add insult to injury it has  used photoshop to place a Harry Potter type wand in his hand and trace fawning facial expressions on the the priest, bishop and cardinal respectfully and reverentially   in attendance. The infallible revered and loved Father of millions does not derserve this mockery. 

  • Anonymous

     Adding insult to irony?

  • daclamat

    Yup! Hoped you wouldn’t notice. Teigitur is still abed, it seems. Otherwise rottweillers abaying. By the by, don’t you think it’s tad blasphemous of him to use the prayer (Silent Canon) immediately following the Consecration as a blog pseudo? Surprising the FSSPX minders and heavy mob haven’t picked up on him. Probably don’t read CH

  • Anonymous

    No one in their right mind pays any attention to The Guardian. Or would dream of buying it.

  • Anonymous

    Good God. One cannot get the help these days. Te Igitur is found immediately after the Sanctus. BEFORE the consecration. Nothing remotely blasphemous about it.

  • daclamat

    Vis-ne currere atque silere ad teipsum

  • daclamat

    Can’t a fellow do a bit of leg-pulling.  The Point is  the Pope is going where even St John Stivas wouldn’t go. The plot runs likes this: CH is a byword for gay-bashin. When you hear of a Pope having custom built perfume, a personal shoe-maker, bespoke clerical garb, not to mention pontiffomobiles, one doesn’t immediately see the relevance of the motto:In paupertate Christi cucifixi sumus, CH doesn’t seem to think it worthy of notice. I’m not hinting that BXVI is gay, or anything, come to think of it. But he does bang on a bit on matters of human intimacy of which he has no experience , apart from what he got from Genicot de sexto et no! no! Unlike his predecessors through a long and sad history, who went through a veritable IKEA catalague of all that Jesus came to redeem us from: genocide, ethnic cleansing, anti-semitism, cupidity, corruption. I’m convinced that clerocracy is in its death throes. BXVI’s antics are helping  the process along.

  • teigitur

    Well thank God, as is terribly usual, you are wrong.
    Beannachtai na Feile Padraig!

  • teigitur

    Reading the Guardian for the last 60 years has done you no good at all. Your “Latin” needs a little polish!

  • daclamat

    Go and take a running jump: Do you prefer it in Setswana, Swahili, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German…I’m not boasting. I’m ashamed that my Xhosa and Zulu are not up to scratch. I didn’t use the Anglo-Saxon invitation to go forth and multiply; you get moderated for less.  I still think using the opening of the Canon of the Mass as a blog pseudo is indecent since you use it to pour vitriol where charity should be the rule. I did make a silly mistake, mistaking simili modo for Te igitur. But, I had a serious purpose. Benedict should take his cue from Jesus’s dress code, and separate himself from Vatican flunkeydom. Odio perfecto odi eos. I love the Church, and weep to see the havoc present office holders are wreaking.

  • teigitur

    Oh indeed its very charitable( not to say untruthful, as a sweeping statement) to say that the present office holders are wreaking havoc in the Church. Sadly you are correct about some Bishops and above. But the present Holy Father is superb. Clearly, if you think otherwise you have never listened to, or read him. You really should try looking beyond the garments, all of which are there for a purpose, and have a rich history.

  • Fergus Rossmore

    Not blasphemous, just disrespectful and fatuous, and totally devoid of good taste.

  • daclamat

    Silly me! I completly forgot Shona and Ndebele. Mattter of survival really. You quickly discover that shouting in English gets you nowhere, so it is a question of politeness to be able to pass the time of day, Sometime with amazing results: the Bushman who saw I didn’t understand a word he was saying, so he jumped in the landrover to see me safely to where I should be – 150km further on. When we arrived, he said good bye and set off to walk home, which most certainly wouldn’t be where he had jumped into guide me. As a practicing fervent coward, I hid my humanitarian identity insignia in Matableland.
    With the help of North Korean combat instructors Mugabe was showing recruits of insore soos we were learning to defend ourselves

  • daclamat

    Silly me! I completly forgot Shona and Ndebele. Mattter of survival really. You quickly discover that shouting in English gets you nowhere, so it is a question of politeness to be able to pass the time of day or ask the way, Sometime with amazing results: the Bushman who saw I didn’t understand a word he was saying, jumped in the landrover to see me safely to where I should be – 150km further on. When we arrived, he said good bye and set off to walk home, which most certainly wouldn’t be where he had jumped into guide me. As a practicing fervent coward, I hid my humanitarian identity insignia in Matableland where
    with the help of North Korean combat instructors Mugabe was showing recruits how to be democratic. I have read and listend to BXVI. He appals me and scandalises many; the garments are  fancy dress, obscuring the reality by encouraging a personality cult.
    What kind of charity do you wield? Burning at the stake was charitable, being of limited duration, the more the pain the more likely the sinner would be cleansed and repent and so be saved from the fires of hell for all eternity.

  • Anonymous

    I should be very interested to know in what way he appals you?If he is scandalising many, its probably because he is doing his job properly. The job God chose him for.