The Eucharist is not just a reward for the good, but also strength for the weak and nourishment for those who hunger for love, forgiveness and mercy, Pope Francis said.
In a message relayed live to participants of the four-day National Eucharistic Congress which started in Mumbai yesterday, the Pope said: "This hunger can be satiated only by the bread that comes from above. Jesus himself is the living bread that gives life to the world."
The Pope said that the theme of the congress Nourished by the Eucharist to Nourish Others was "very relevant" and served as a reminder that people suffer from a spiritual hunger that can be satisfied only by "the bread that comes from above".
The sacrament of the Eucharist, he stressed, also "leads us to solidarity" with those in need; those who partake of Christ's body and blood cannot remain idle when seeing others suffering want and hunger.