50TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS DUBLIN 2012

50TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS DUBLIN 2012  

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress will take place in Dublin this year from June 10th to 17th, under the theme, "The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another". The Eucharistic Congress aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church, help improve understanding and celebration of the liturgy, and draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. In his recent homilies, the Holy Father has affirmed that "...Being nourished by Christ is the way not to be foreign or indifferent to the fate of the brothers, but rather to enter into the same logic of love and of the gift of the sacrifice of the Cross...", and that the Eucharist is "...the embrace of Christ which surpasses every barrier and every division, creating communion from all manner of differences...". Overcoming the individualism which permeates human nature takes place through the unconditional acceptance of the Gospel message, understood as the capacity to give of oneself to others. Only through this sharing of the Gospel can all become part of the same community. The images on the postage stamps pay tribute to the land of Ireland. They include a Celtic cross from the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, one of the most precious and distinguished in Irish history, and the Ardagh Chalice, a masterpiece in metalwork found in West Limerick in 1868.