Thursday, April 17, 2003

Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Pope John Paul II's fourteenth encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia has been released; you can read it here.

I am a little surprised at one thing: it's length... it's a lot shorter than I expected! Not that that's a bad thing... I've just grown accustomed to long encyclicals from JPII. If you do a print preview on this encyclical, there are about 26 pages of text before the notes; in the last encylical, Fides et Ratio there were 50 pages before the notes, and Veritatis Splendor had 63 pages of text before the notes. Interesting.

Regardless, I'm sure it's an outstanding piece of theology; maybe being shorter will prompt more people to read it! I think I might make it my Triduum reading...

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