08 August 2018, The Tablet

How a King put the kibosh on a Blessed Sacrament procession

by Mark Vickers

How a King put the kibosh on a Blessed Sacrament procession

Crowds outside Westminster Cathedral at the end of the 1908 congress
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On the weekend of 7-9 September thousands of Catholics will gather in Liverpool for the first National Eucharistic Congress. A century before, in September 1908, thousands of Catholics from across the world had gathered in London for the 19th International Eucharistic Congress. Archbishop Francis Bourne of Westminster hoped the Congress would awaken in Catholics a renewed love for Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament and remind the English of the time when such a belief united them with the whole of Christendom.

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