Pope leads Corpus Christi observance
Rome, Jun. 8, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) celebrated Mass on the plaza in front of the basilica of St. John Lateran on Thursday evening, June 7, for the feast of Corpus Christi.
Pope Benedict led the procession in an open vehicle, kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament displayed in a monstrance. Behind him thousands of people joined in prayers and hymns as they walked. Various fraternities and parish groups carried banners as they marched, and buildings along the route were decorated with Eucharistic banners, added to the colorful procession.
In his homily the Pope recalled that the feast of Corpus Christi was instituted as a testimony to the faith of Catholics “in Jesus Christ, living and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.” This mystery, he said, is “beyond our understanding, and we should not be surprised if even today many people struggle” with the Catholic dogma.