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Cardinal Arinze Closes 9th FABC Plenary Assembly

Cardinal Arinze Closes 9th FABC Plenary Assembly

Papal envoy, Francis Cardinal Arinze, formally closed the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) with a Eucharistic celebration August 16 at Pius XII Center, Manila.  More than 100 participants of the plenary assembly were present.

In his homily themed “Living the Eucharistic Mystery,” the prelate explained five elements of the Eucharist (Holy sacrifice of the Mass), namely: Eucharistic faith and reverence; Ars celebrandi (art of proper celebration); Word of God and Eucharist; Eucharistic celebration and inculturation; and Role of the Diocesan Bishop.

Cardinal Arinze stressed the Eucharist as the center of sacred worship, quoting from documents like Ecclesia de EucharistiaSacramentum Caritatis, and others. 

At the closing of the Plenary Assembly, the participants issued a Message for the churches in Asia.  In the document, the Eucharist is seen as a call to community, to hear the Word of God, a call to faith and hope, and a call to mission.

The participants also agreed to a revised outline for the final document which will be published at a later date. 160809

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