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Pennsylvania Catholics Network | Eucharist nourishes, sustains and should transform people, pope says

Eucharist nourishes, sustains and should transform people, pope says



By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS)—In the Eucharist, Jesus makes himself the food that nourishes and sustains Catholics, even when the road gets rough, Pope Francis said before leading a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome.

Mass and participation in Corpus Christi processions are times for Catholics to reflect on how they follow Jesus and, particularly, what the Eucharist means to them, the pope said at Mass May 30 to celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The pope encouraged Catholics to ask themselves: Is the Eucharist a “moment of true communion with the Lord, but also with my many brothers and sisters who share at this same altar?” and “Adoring Christ truly present in the Eucharist, do I allow myself to be transformed by him?”

The pope celebrated the Mass outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran, then—on foot—joined a candlelight Corpus Christi procession from St. John’s to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, just over a mile away.