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Cardinal Cañizares presents the "Compendium Eucharisticum"

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Card. Antonio Cañizares
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship

“If that faith is not lived in its true form, in the depth it requires, the Eucharist loses the meaning it’s meant to have, so it’s left aside very easily.”

From the beginning of his pontificate, Benedict XVI dedicated numerous interventions so as to have the Eucharist be at the center of Christian life. Cardinal Cañizares is reminding people that the love of God is felt in Mass.

Card. Antonio Cañizares
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship

“Communion with God leads us to communion and unity with all of humanity, which is the reconciliation we are offered to truly have a reconciled world that lives in peace.”

To help appreciate the Eucharist the Congregation for the Divine Worship has prepared ‘Compendium eucharisticum,’ the first book that includes the main documents related to the Eucharist.

The volume gathers Catholic doctrine on the Eucharist, texts, prayers and chants to help priests, religious and laypeople grow deeper in the Eucharist.

Card. Antonio Cañizares
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship

“We attend Holy Mass and immediately it begins without any preparation or we end the Mass and immediately leave without that moment of reflection, silence or deep thought of what we have lived there in that moment.”

The presentation of this volume reminds people that the Church builds on the Eucharist and it’s an essential part of living a coherent Christian life. That’s why the Church is asking that communion be had at least once a year.

Card. Antonio Cañizares
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship

“A Church has life if it has the Eucharist at its center. If it loses the true sense, if that community does not have all aspects of the Eucharist present, it will begin to languish and it will not offer anything that the world needs.”

That’s why Cardinal Antonio Cañizares warns that the Eucharist cannot become an activity that’s done once a week because it’s something that lies at the center of the Christian faith. He hopes this book will help millions of Catholics in growing closer to this sacrament.

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