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THIS MOMENT OF HISTORY

Pope Francis has indicated to the Argentinian bishops that the guidelines of the Aparecida document are needed at this time of history. The document, approved by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2007, is a comprehensive pastoral and?catechetical plan for the Church in Latin America at this time.? Pope Francis has, since the assumption of his office, stressed the need for the Church to be missionary, to come out of herself, to savour the sweetness of bringing Christ to others. The document addresses the need for a sound theology of the Eucharist, ensuring that those who are members of the Church are aware of their duties,?what the document calls ‘eucharistic coherence’:-

 Mary, Magnificat

Mary, Magnificat

436. We hope that legislators, heads of government, and health professionals, conscious of the dignity of human life and of the rootedness of the family in our peoples, will defend and protect it from the abominable crimes of abortion and euthanasia; that is their responsibility. . . We must adhere to “eucharistic coherence,” that is, be conscious that they cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act with deeds or words against the commandments, particularly when abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and family are encouraged. This responsibility weighs particularly over legislators, heads of governments, and health professionals.