ALBANO, Italy (CNS) -- The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist has a dynamism that draws people in and makes them more like Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said.
At a Sept. 21 Mass in Albano, a small town in the hills south of Rome, Pope Benedict consecrated the new altar in the town's cathedral.
The pope told those gathered for the morning Mass that they should be filled with joy knowing that "each day the sacrifice of Christ" will be offered on the new altar.
"On this altar, he will continue to sacrifice himself in the sacrament of the Eucharist for our salvation and that of the whole world," he said.
"In the eucharistic mystery, renewed on every altar, Jesus makes himself truly present," the pope said.
His presence has power, he added.
"It draws us in to make us his own, to make us similar to him; it attracts us with the strength of his love, leading us out of ourselves in order to unite us to him, making us one with him," the pope said ...
Pope Benedict told the people of Albano that they must be in communion with one another in order to be in communion with the Lord. They must approach the altar ready to forgive one another and to ask God's forgiveness.
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