Monday, June 30, 2008

Cardinal: Eucharist Leads to Better Society

Prelate Notes Early Christianity's Contribution to Justice

QUEBEC CITY, JUNE 20, 2008 ( Christianity is a dynamic movement that cuts off an unjust society at the roots, said Cardinal Telesphore Toppo.

The cardinal, who is archbishop of Ranchi, India, affirmed this today at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, which is being held through Sunday in Quebec.

The Indian prelate spoke of the Eucharist and the Church's mission. He noted that the Church, from the beginning, moved toward liberating mankind from "selfishness and exploitation, [...] the root of the unjust society."

"All were meant to equal in the believing community and this was symbolized by the Eucharistic meal," he said. "This was not an easy ideal to be reached. This was a spirituality developed in the midst of the ordinary everyday life with its daily struggles and, at that time also, in the midst of contestation and persecution. Ordinary men and women lived this Christian spirituality and began the process of building a new society, a new human family as envisaged by Jesus Christ..." (Continued here)

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