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Holy Father appoints Cardinal Tagle as special envoy to National Eucharistic Congress 

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Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, will serve as Pope Francis' special envoy to the National Eucharistic Congress in the United States, which will take place in Indianapolis from July 17 to 21.

That was an announcement from the Vatican on Saturday.  This also means Tagle will celebrate the closing Mass of the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.

In a press release by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), its president, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, said the appointment is “a gift to the Eucharistic Congress.”

“ Tagle’s deep passion for apostolic mission rooted in the Eucharist is sure to have an inspirational impact for everyone attending the Congress,” said Broglio.

He added that Tagle knows the United States well because he earned a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of America in 1991.

This will be the first National Eucharistic Congress in over half a century, and it will be a pivotal event in the three-year National Eucharistic Revival, leading into the final year of the revival—the Year of Missionary Sending.

“The Congress will give public witness to the Church’s core identity rooted in the Eucharist, and we pray that it will inspire a renewed sense of mission as we live out the gifts of unity and charity,” said Broglio.

“May it be the catalyst for a continued deepening of our faith in the Real Presence,” he added. 

This weekend marks the beginning of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimages, consisting of four different routes beginning on opposite sides of the country and meeting in Indianapolis for the Congress in July.

Collectively, the four pilgrimage routes will traverse 6,500 miles, 27 states, and 65 dioceses while carrying Christ in the Eucharist.

Visit more details on the Eucharistic Revival, Pilgrimage, and Congress.


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