In his Regina Coeli address last Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying to protect the Eucharist from desecration by French soldiers in 1799.
Blessed Siméon Cardon and five other Cistercian monks were beatified on April 17 in the Italian abbey where they were martyred more than 200 years ago.
While most of the Cistercians of Casamari Abbey escaped amid chaos of the looting, six monks remained to try to save the consecrated hosts in the tabernacle from desecration and were killed by the soldiers.
In the pope’s Regina Coeli address, he said that “the Eucharistic banquet” is the focal point of Christian community. “Eating together the Body of Christ: this is the core of Christian life,” Pope Francis said.
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