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First time ever- Corpus Christi made universal

First time ever- Corpus Christi celebration made universal


Vatican City, 2 June 2013 – For the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, at 5:00 in the afternoon in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided over Eucharistic Adoration, an initiative of the Year of Faith inviting the faithful of all the dioceses of the world to unite spiritually.
It was a historic event. For the first time in the history of the Church all the cathedrals around the world where synchronized to the time in Rome and, for an hour, were in communion with the Pope in Eucharistic Adoration, under the theme of “One Lord, One Faith”. The initiative involved not only the world's cathedrals, but also parishes, religious congregations—mainly cloistered monasteries—and lay associations around the globe.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI had planned the event as part of the Year of Faith. As part of his plan for the Year of Faith, and in recognition of the strong link between faith and the Eucharist, Pope Benedict XVI included an hour-long Eucharistic Adoration in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, in communion with all the bishops and their respective diocesan communities around the world.

 Pope Francis added some special prayer intentions:

“For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase loves to give full meaning...

Second intention was: “For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence.

Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners, and those who experience marginalization. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.”

Pope Francis is spiritually very close to the peoples of Asia and India. Our women suffer unspeakable domestic violence. Most regrettably, female foeticide and female infanticide continue.  With Pope Francis and the Universal Church, these intercessions are very close to the sufferings of the people of India. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence.  

Around 19 million Catholics in India joined the Holy Father in Eucharistic Adoration.