Apostolic Letter summarising the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist
In this extended reflection on the Eucharist, Pope Benedict underlines the inseparable link between our eucharistic faith and Christian mission. Drawing together the conclusions of his fellow bishops, Benedict calls for a deeper consideration of the inherent mystery, unity, power and vital importance of the identifiable components of the Eucharist we celebrate. Among many salient recommendations, he calls for a carefully prepared liturgy of the word, improved homilies, and Church buildings full of beauty, that echo with music that expresses the faith and love of the people of God. The Eucharist we celebrate and live impacts upon the quality of our Christian life, and so this text is recommended to all.
The more lively the eucharistic faith of the People of God, the deeper is its sharing in ecclesial life in steadfast commitment to the mission entrusted by Christ to his disciples... Every great reform has in some way been linked to the rediscovery of belief in the Lords eucharistic presence among his people'. A liturgy, he concludes, that is full of beauty and unity, where the faithful can actively participate with their whole lives, will lead to a renewed missionary zeal, carrying the fruits of communion and belonging that we receive to the whole of our increasingly secular society.
Pope Benedict XVI - Joseph Ratzinger
Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and reigning Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and, as such, Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded Pope John Paul II. Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was for over two decades The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II. He is the author of Spirit of the Liturgy, Salt of the Earth, Introduction to Christianity, God and the World, Milestones, Called to Communion, God Is Near Us.