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Thursday, October 7, 2004


VATICAN CITY, OCT 7, 2004 (VIS) - The three-day international theological-pastoral symposium that precedes the 48th International Eucharistic Congress (October 10-17) began yesterday in Guadalajara, Mexico under the co-presidency of Cardinals Juan Sandoval Iniguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, and Jozef Tomko, president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses and the Holy Father's special envoy to the events in Mexico. The symposium's focus is the Pope's Encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia."

   Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for the Health Pastoral and member of the committee for Eucharistic congresses, is the general moderator of the symposium.

  Yesterday there were presentations on the Sense of Faith in the Eucharist on five continents by Cardinals Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana (Africa); Bernard Law, emeritus of Boston, U.S.A. (America); Carlos Amigo Vallejo, O.F.M., archbishop of Seville, Spain (Europe); George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia (Oceania), and by Archbishop Carmelo D.F. Morelos of Zamboanga, the Philippines (Asia). There was also a general overview and discussion of the papal encyclical.

  Scheduled for today are talks on the Eucharist, Mystery of Faith, the Apostolicity of the Eucharist and the Church and Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion. On the program for Friday, October 8 are talks on Decorum of the Eucharistic Celebration and At the School of Mary, Eucharistic Woman. Each day of the symposium starts with a celebration of the Eucharist.

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