Since a bloodstained Eucharistic host is quite easy to fake, the Catholic Church often distances itself from such claims. But there is something about Christ’s real, bodily presence that Catholics see as particularly comforting in an age such as ours: Jesus might be hidden, but he is present among us nonetheless.
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It’s a measure of how much things have changed that a papal visit to the European Parliament is generating almost zero controversy. PLUS: The Pope in Turkey, over/under in the Philippines, and when reform gets real.
Just when you think you have Pope Francis figured out, he surprises you. And the appointment of conservative Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea to the Vatican’s top liturgical post will certainly surprise some.