Pope John Paul II - Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Signed by the Holy Father at the Mass of the Lord's Supper, 17 April 2003, this
Encyclical replaced his customary Holy Thursday letter to priests, and was addressed to the whole of the Catholic Church. His exposition of the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church is intended to remedy the liturgical abuses and heterodox teachings
found in some places.
Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F. - Reflections on Ecclesia de Eucharistia - 1
Cardinal Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, highlights themes in Pope John Paul II's
Ecclesia de Eucharistia, particularly, the Eucharist as the "the centre and summit of the Church's life," being the source of all grace and the principle of unity.
Albert Vanhoye, S.J. - Reflections on Ecclesia de Eucharistia - 2
Father Vanhoye examines scriptural sources for our faith in the Eucharist, particularly the two traditions of its institution at the Last Supper, in Matthew-Mark and in Luke-Paul, and the light they shed on the Passion and Death of Christ.
Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J. - Reflections on Ecclesia de Eucharistia - 3
Reflecting on Pope John Paul II's Encyclical, Cardinal Dulles shows the intimate bond between the Eucharist and the Church. As the Eucharist is one, so is the Church, because of the Eucharist.