Eucharistic World Congress
The Eucharistic World Congress is a meeting of several days at the international level in the Roman Catholic Church . The World Eucharistic Congress aims to promote and deepen the worship of the Eucharist among the faithful worldwide. It is presided over by the Pope or by a cardinal on his behalf .
At the end of the 19th century, the initiative for such events came from the Catholic Church in France . Philibert Vrau organized the first international world congress with the support of Pope Leo XIII. in Lille . A permanent papal committee at the Holy See oversees these meetings of clergy , consecrated people and lay people, which take place in different places around the world . The respective Eucharistic World Congresses usually have a main theme which, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, relates to the true presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist and further reference to the country or continent of the respective meeting or to a time-typical need of humanity takes.
The World Eucharistic Congresses are numbered consecutively. They take place at intervals of one to three years. During the two world wars and in the post-war period up to 1952, these international meetings of the faith did not take place.
So far, two of these international congresses have taken place in Germany; the 20th World Eucharistic Congress from August 4th to 8th, 1909 in Cologne and the 37th World Eucharistic Congress from July 31st to August 7th, 1960 in Munich .
- Pontifical Committee for World Eucharistic Congresses
- Michael Fellner: Eucharistic World Congress in Munich, July 31 to August 7, 1960. In: Historisches Lexikon Bayerns . April 23, 2013, accessed June 16, 2020 .