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The Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress: Its Missionary Challenges, Part II

We break the bread of the Eucharist in an unjust world. There is an uninterrupted continuity from the Mass to our mission as Christians in the world. II. Pivotal Mission Insights from Presenters at the IEC in Cebu Cardinal Charles Maung Bo Cardinal Bo from Myanmar was the papal legate for the International Eucharistic Congress […]

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Marcos Gregorio McGrath: His Initial Contributions to the “Bridge Theology” of Pope Francis

The Second Vatican Council has a special significance in Latin America. This is especially true due to the influence of Gaudium et Spes (The Church in the Modern World). This began at the Medellín Conference (1968) when Bishop Marcos Gregorio McGrath pointed to this influence through his keynote address, “The Signs of the Times.” Bishop […]

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The Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress: Its Missionary Challenges, Part I

The theological and pastoral vision of the Cebu International Eucharistic Congress defines important priorities for the Church relative to the Eucharist and mission. The Philippines has been privileged to host two International Eucharistic Congresses (IEC): the Twenty-third (Manila: February 3-7, 1937) and the Fifty-first (Cebu: January 24-31, 2016). Many parallels between these two congresses can […]

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Tears and Eucharistic Transformation

The Eucharist transforms us. Can it also transform what we bring to the table, even our sorrows, sins, and failings? One of my go-to books I used to read to my children is Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel. It contains a series of sweet, short pieces about a child-like owl and his little adventures […]

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Thoughts About Catechesis in Today’s Church

Catechists share the faith they love, as well as the person of Jesus Christ, with a new generation of seekers and believers. But how do they do this effectively today? Catechists Are Theologians Sometimes theologians speak and write as though they were living on another planet, speaking and writing in a language other than human! […]

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Pope Francis and Vatican II’s Saintly Popes

Among the many accomplishments of Pope Francis’ time as pope is the fact that he has canonized the three popes of Vatican II. Why is this so important and what is he saying to the Church and the world? Pope Francis has begun his sixth year as leader of the universal Church. He was elected […]

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Saint Oscar Romero’s Eucharistic Transformation: In Word, Sacrament, Adoration, and Gethsemane

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will be canonized along with Pope Paul VI on October 14. The story of his life and ministry is one of transformation and self-sacrifice. Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez has been a “saint” for decades to the poorest of El Salvador — the farmers and laborers who work with […]

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Do Not Be Afraid: Living Our Christian Faith in Today’s World

What do we offer the world today as followers of Christ? And how are we to live and to witness to the light of God’s love and truth? On October 16, 1978, the date of his election as the 264th Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world from the balcony of Saint […]

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Dom Helder Càmara, Defender of the Poor

Admired by many as a prophet, denounced by others as a radical, Dom Helder Càmara steadfastly spoke out and worked for the rights and dignity of the poor. On August 5, 1973, thirty-eight Brazilian bishops and two cardinals gathered for the installation of Brazil’s newest archbishop. As they processed into the cathedral, the Master of […]

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The Christian Sense of Mercy: A Defense of “Amoris Laetitia”

Some critics believe that Pope Francis chooses mercy against the law. The choice is never between mercy and law. The choice is whether a law will be applied mercifully or harshly. In a previous issue of Emmanuel, an article appeared that defended the Pope’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL), against the dubia submitted by four […]

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