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St. Juliana of Cornillon

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Benedict continues his catechetical series on important women in the life of the medieval Church:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our catechesis today deals with Saint Juliana of Cornillon, better known as Saint Juliana of Liège. Born at the end of the twelfth century, Juliana was orphaned young and became an Augustinian nun. Intelligent and cultured, she was drawn to contemplative prayer and devotion to the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the result of a recurring vision, Juliana worked to promote a liturgical feast in honour of the Eucharist. The feast of Corpus Christi was first celebrated in the Diocese of Liège, and began to spread from there. Pope Urban IV, who had known Juliana in Liège, instituted the solemnity of Corpus Christi for the universal Church and charged Saint Thomas Aquinas with composing the texts of the liturgical office. The Pope himself celebrated the solemnity in Orvieto, then the seat of the papal court, where the relic of a celebrated Eucharistic miracle, which had occurred the previous year, was kept. As we recall Saint Juliana of Cornillon, let us renew our faith in Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist and pray that the “springtime of the Eucharist” which we are witnessing in the Church today may bear fruit in an ever greater devotion to the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood.

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Related Links:

  • St. Juliana of Cornillon at
  • St. Juliana of Cornillon at Catholic Answers OCE
  • St. Juliana of Cornillon at SQPN
  • VIS article on the audeince
  • Zenit article on the audience
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    One response »

    1. There can never be enough souls in the Church crying out for more devotion to the Eucharist. After all as the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ; it is the source, summit, and center of Christian worship and the Church.


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