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The Eucharist is a source of hope for the world’s transformation, Pope Francis told members of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

Today there is a lack of hope in the world,” and “humanity needs to hear the message of our hope in Jesus Christ,” the Pope said. “The 51st International Eucharistic Congress offers the opportunity to experience and understand the Eucharist as a transforming encounter with the Lord in his word and in his sacrifice of love, so that all may have life, and life in abundance.”

Transformed by the Eucharist, Christians are called to share the life they have received with others, “bringing hope, pardon, healing, and love to those in need, particularly the poor, the dispossessed, and the oppressed,” Pope Francis added.

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