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U.S. CATHOLIC BISHOPS CHAIRMAN OF ECUMENICAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS AFFAIRS OFFERS CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF THE REV. BILLY GRAHAM

WASHINGTON — His Excellency, Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has issued the following statement on receiving the news of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death:

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”   John 6:56

My Dear People of God,

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood.   This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection:  a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’” (Sacrosanctum concilium, 47, cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1323).

NEW ORLEANS – The annual Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal scheduled for March 16 - 18 will be held at the Copeland Tower Suites and Conference Center (formerly Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel) in Metairie.  The conference theme is “I Am the Lord Your Healer,” based on Exodus 15:26, wherein the Lord promises healing to the Israelites conditional upon their obedience.