Friday 19 January 2018

Garry O’Sullivan: Can the Eucharistic Congress mark beginning of a Catholic renewal?

Garry O’Sullivan

There will be unsuspecting tourists in the Ballsbridge area over the next week who could be forgiven for thinking that traditional Catholic Ireland of yesteryear is alive and well as cardinals, bishops and archbishops, nuns and priests in full vestments and habits, street bunting and Eucharistic processions and even the traditional Latin Mass, will all collide in a colourful spiritual jamboree which will climax in Croke Park on Sunday, June 17 complete with a video link to the Pope.

Described as a week-long spiritual and cultural festival -- it is certainly one of the more unusual festivals for an Irish summer week -- the 50th International Eucharistic Congress will open tomorrow in the RDS on the traditional feast of Corpus Christi, a once highly celebrated day in Irish life known for its processions and church pageantry.

That pageantry will be once again seen on the streets of Ireland as pilgrims from all over the world -- estimated at 80,000 -- descend on Dublin mainly for what is a week-long conference about the Eucharist.

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