Huge gathering at Barcelona next spring
THE Holy Father has given his approval for the holding of the 36th International Eucharistic Congress at Barcelona in the spring of 1952.
The last of these congresses was held in 1938 in Budapest.
Their revival was foreshadowed last year when His Holiness appointed the Archbishop of Ottawa, Mgr. Vachon, as president of the Permanent Committee, and again a few weeks ago when the Bishop of Troyes, Mgr. Le Couedic, was named vice-president and Fr. Giuseppe Missaglia, a Consultor General of the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament, was appointed secretary. The congress brings together a large number of Cardioalis, hundreds of Archbishops and Bishops and thousands of priests from all parts of the world. and the Holy Father always appoints a Papal Legate to preside over the ceremonies.
About 1.000,000 people, it was estimated. attended Mass in the Phoenix Park during the congress in Dublin in 1932.
The present Pope himself presided at the congresses in Buenos Aires and Budapest in 1934 and 1938.
The congress was initiated by a lone Frenchwoman, Mme. Marie Marthe Tamisier, who failed three times to become a nun and in her efforts to promote the special devotion she had in mind to the Blessed Sacrament was always meeting with setbacks.
The first international congress was held at Lille in 1881.
Mme. Tarnisier died in 1910 at the age of 75.