• Mirae Caritatis - Pope Leo XIII - The Papal Library

    Mirae Caritatis Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII promulgated on the Holy Eucharist May 28, 1902 To our Venerable Brethren, the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops, and other Local Ordinaries, having Peace and Communion with the Holy See. Venerable Brethren, Health and Apostolic Benediction. 1. To examine into the nature and to promote the effects of those manifestations of His wondrous love which, like rays of light, stream forth from Jesus Christ-this, as befits our sacred office, has ever been, and this, with His help, to the last breath of our life will ever be our earnest aim...
  • Dominicae Cenae

    Dominicae Cenae On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist Pope John Paul II February 24, 1980 To All the Bishops of the Church. My venerable and dear brothers, Again this year, for Holy Thursday, I am writing a letter to all of you. This letter has an immediate connection with the one which you received last year on the same occasion, together with the letter to the priests. I wish in the first place to thank you cordially for having accepted my previous letters with that spirit of unity which the Lord established between us,...
  • General Audience, November 15, 2000

    Unity in faith is seen as the condition for full communion in the Eucharistic Assembly Pope John Paul II General Audience November 15, 2000 Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our Jubilee Year catechesis, we reflect today on the link between the Eucharist and the task of restoring unity among all Christ’s followers. The New Testament emphasizes the close connection between fidelity to the word of God and participation in the Eucharist. Unity in faith is seen as the condition for full communion in the Eucharistic Assembly. For this reason, although the Sacrament of Baptism establishes a...
  • General Audience, November 22, 2000

    Eucharist as the Supreme Expression of Church Unity Pope John Paul II General Audience November 22, 2000 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Faith, hope and charity are the three great lights of our spiritual journey, guiding us to an ever deeper communion with God and one another. They are therefore important in our reflection upon ecumenism. There is one faith, rooted in the word of God and expressed in the ancient Creeds and Councils. Doctrinal differences must be overcome if the one faith is to be proclaimed in all its fullness, but all Christians can still profess...
  • General Audience, November 8, 2000

    Eucharist is Sacrament of the Church's Unity Pope John Paul II General Audience November 8, 2000 1. O sacrament of devotion! O sign of unity! O bond of charity!. St Augustine's exclamation in his commentary on the Gospel of John (In Joannis Evangelium, 26, 13) captures the theme and sums up the words that Paul addressed to the Corinthians and we have just heard: Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread (1 Cor 10: 17). The Eucharist is the sacrament and source of...
  • General Audience, October 25, 2000

    Eucharist, a taste of eternity in time Pope John Paul II General Audience October 25, 2000 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Eucharist which we celebrate here on earth is a sharing in the great Liturgy of heaven. When we sit at the Table of the Lord’s Supper, we anticipate the joy of the Messianic Banquet which awaits us in eternity. The Eucharist is not only food for us on our pilgrim way, but also the promise of what lies at our journey’s end when we enter the Kingdom of God. Being a celebration of our communion...
  • Augustissimae Virginis Mariae

    Augustissimae Virginis Mariae Encyclical of Pope Leo XIIIOn the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary Promulgated on September 12, 1897 To Our Venerable Brethren, The Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops Bishops, and other Local Ordinaries having Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See. Venerable Brethren, Health and the Apostolic Blessing. 1. Whoever considers the height of dignity and glory to which God has raised the Most August Virgin Mary, will easily perceive how important it is, both for public and for private benefit, that devotion to her should be assiduously practised, and daily promoted more and more. Mary's Place...
  • Nimiam Licentiam - Pope Benedict XIV - The Papal Library

    Nimiam Licentiam Encyclical of Pope Benedict XIV on Validity of Marriages May 18, 1743 To the Venerable Brothers, Archbishops and Bishops of the Kingdom of Poland. Venerable Brothers, Greetings and Apostolic Blessing. We deplore the abuse by which Christian marriages, even long-stable ones, are now dissolved in the Ecclesiastical Courts of Poland. This abuse involves dissolution without due cause or in violation of canon law, and threatens grave injury to the faithful. We warned about this in Our Brief of April 11, 1741, and We exhorted you in the name of the Lord to watch over...
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