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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Pope’s General Audience: The Eucharist is not “rite for socialization”

2009-12-09

Benedict XVI
“He forcefully defended the reality of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist.”

The pope stopped reading his prepared text and while improvising, lamented that some consider the Eucharist someting similar to that of a social gathering and forget the true meaning of God’s presence in the Eucharist. After, the pope turned back to the discussion on Rubert de Deutz and stressed that he meets the two characteristics of the "ideal theologian.”

Benedict XVI
“Rupert’s ability to harmonize the rational study of the msyteries of faith with prayer and contemplation makes him a typical representative of the monastic theology of his time.”

Because of the cold temperatures, the general audience took place inside Paul VI Hall. Nearly 6 thousand people attended.

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