- Apr 21, 2021
Holy Week is a spiritual marathon of sorts, packed with liturgies, solemnity and tradition. This year, it also included a powerful document on the Eucharist issued by Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted April 1, Holy Thursday.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin has invited the faithful of the Archdiocese of Newark to reflect on how the pandemic-induced “Great Eucharistic Fast” has affected their faith life and called on them to spiritually prepare for the eventual return of in-person worship when it can be done safely.
How can believers both recall a historical event, while also prepare for a future event, in which time and space as we know them will end? Is there a middle ground or a still point between the two?
The core of biblical Christianity rises or falls on Eucharistic belief.
Carlo Acutis is known for his mastery of computer technology, spending his spare time designing an online exhibition about Eucharistic miracles around the world that’s still making the rounds. He’s being presented as a role model for youth, a “saint of the ordinary,” and also a possible patron saint for IT workers.
The committee in charge of drafting coronavirus restrictions for the Italian government has given the bishops permission to drop the use of gloves while distributing communion as well as the requirement for spouses to wear masks during weddings.
The annual Corpus Christi procession along the Amsterdam canals was canceled due to coronavirus prevention measures.