June 27, 2011
While praying the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI focused on what he called the “logic of communion.” The pope noted that when confronting an “increasingly individualistic culture,” the Eucharist plays an important role in Western society and the entire globalized world.
“The Eucharist constitutes a form of ‘antidote’ that works on the minds and hearts of believers and continuously sows the logic of the communion, service, sharing, it is the logic of the Gospel.”
Benedict XVI spoke about the Eucharist on the same day that the “feast of the Eucharist” is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. The pope also highlighted how the Eucharisty serves to unify people with God and with the entire world.
“The Holy Spirit, which transforms bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, transforms all those who receive it with faith into members of the body of Christ, so that the Church is really a sacrament of unity of men with God and among themselves.”
Benedict XVI recognized the various blesseds being declared that day. One of which was Father Clemente Visara, whom the pope said “heroically served as a missionary in Myanmar.”
Before ending the Angelus, the pope saluted the 30,000 pilgrims who had gathered in St. Peter's Square on a hot summer day in Rome.