Vatican City, Jun 23, 2019 / 04:12 am
On the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis said that Jesus gave the Church the Eucharist for the salvation of the world.
"Every year the feast of Corpus Christi invites us to renew the wonder and joy for this wonderful gift of the Lord, which is the Eucharist," Pope Francis said at the Angelus prayer June 23.
"The Eucharist is the synthesis of the entire existence of Jesus, which was a single act of love for the Father and his brothers," he said. It is "the sacrament of His Body and His Blood given for the salvation of the world."
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi, meaning the "Body of Christ" in Latin, is traditionally celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday or, in some countries including the United States and Italy, on the Sunday following that feast.