The Eucharistic Congress in Quito and Olivia Maurel in Omnes February magazine

The Eucharist and the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress in Quito are the focus of the February 2024 issue of Omnes magazine. Along with this, we can find an interview with Olivia Maurel, spokesperson of the Casablanca Declaration against surrogate motherhood.

Maria José Atienza-February 2, 2024-Reading time: 3 minutes
omnes February 24

Quito will host the next International Eucharistic Congress. The Ecuadorian capital is expecting some 5,000 people for an event that aims to be a boost to the Eucharistic life of Ecuador and the whole world.

Indeed, the Eucharist, the central mystery of the Catholic faith, is the central theme of the February 2024 issue of Omnes magazine.

The dossier begins with an interview with Archbishop Alfredo José Espinoza Mateus, Archbishop of Quito and Primate of Ecuador, on this event that the country is eagerly awaiting despite the difficult social times the Ecuadorian nation is going through.

Along with this interview, Omnes delves into the history and objectives of the International Eucharistic Congresses, which have been held in the Church since the mid-19th century.

The deepening of the Eucharist continues in the dossier with a series of short articles, of an experiential and catechetical nature, on the Holy Mass, Eucharistic Communion, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sunday celebration and a special contribution - prayer on the Adoration of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Blessed Sacrament.

Olivia Maurel, the voice against surrogacy

Omnes also includes an interview with Olivia Maurel, this young French woman, born through surrogacy, has become the spokesperson for the international reference in the fight against this form of exploitation.

Maurel has experienced firsthand the consequences of being the fruit of a "commission" from her parents and wants to make society aware of the flagrant violation of human rights that this practice entails, as well as the consequences that this denaturalization of motherhood has for surrogate mothers and surrogate children.

Although an atheist, she wrote a face to the Pope telling her testimony and the pontiff denounced, in early January 2024, the practice of surrogacy in an address to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.

The Syro-Malabar Church conflict

The "World" section focuses on the conflict between the Holy See and a group of four hundred Eastern priests, Syro-Malabar Rite Catholics in India, over the direction in which the priest should celebrate the Holy Qurbana (Eucharistic celebration).

This debate, which has its origins in a
The provision of the Second Vatican Council for the Eastern regions to abandon the Latin customs and rites and return to their traditional Eastern rites, had a partial solution in the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church where a uniform solution was agreed upon, which was not equally welcomed among the Syro-Malabar Catholics.

The Pope's key themes

The Rome and World sections, in turn, display the main themes touched upon by Pope Francis in his various public appearances during the month of January. In this regard, the meetings with the members of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and with the judges of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion of the inauguration of the Judicial Year stand out. In both, Francis reiterated the urgency of proclaiming the Gospel in response to the needs of the present times.

Likewise, communication was another of the topics addressed by Francis. The Pope asked communicators for three words: witness, courage and a broad outlook.

Poets and theologians

The poet Circe Maia and the influence of German theologians Johann Adam Möhler and Mathias Scheeben are other topics to be found in the February issue.

The content of this magazine is available to Omnes subscribers. The February 2024 issue of Omnes is now available in its digital version for Omnes subscribers. In the next few days, it will also arrive at the usual address of those who have this type of subscription. subscription.

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