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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Cardinal O'Brien's WYD lectures
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¬†Attending last week's World Youth day events in Cologne, Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien delivered two catechesis sessions on 18 and 19 August. In the first, the Cardinal spoke on the topic: 'Meeting Christ in the Eucharist' describing the Eucharist as: "a help for our journey through life, a help for our journey into eternity, that bond which unites us with the whole Church in Heaven, on Earth and in Purgatory, and which hopefully one day will be our 'Viaticum', our final 'way' to Almighty God." Cardinal O'Brien recounted several Masses he had celebrated throughout his life as a priest, bishop and cardinal, the last mentioned being the Mass concelebrated earlier this year by all the cardinals who had participated in the conclave, together with Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal O'Brien describing this occasion said: "sustaining me and my brother Cardinals as it sustained the new Pope was the thought that Christ was with us in that Sistine Chapel as he had been in the upper room with his first Apostles and Peter to whom he had given the power of binding and loosing, the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. The words of Jesus re-echoed in our midst: "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church.." The Cardinal's second talk was titled: 'Living in the world as true worshippers of God'. He addressed the need for all those present to work for greater unity among Christians, saying: "One thing, of course, which we can do, is to continue our work and prayer for Christian Unity ≠ following the prayer of Jesus Christ himself at that Last Supper and following the teachings of the Second Vatican Council." The full text of the lectures can be found on the Scottish Media Office website at: http://www.scmo.org Source: SCMO
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