WASHINGTON (March 16, 2007)—Pope Benedict XVI's Post-Synodal apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis (The Sacrament of Charity) will be available, in English and Spanish, from USCCB Publishing on April 2.
Books will be in bookstores across the country and can also be ordered on the Website at www.usccbpublishing.org or by phone (800-235-8722), mail, and fax.
In Sacramentum Caritatis, a papal reflection on the discussions and suggestions made during the 2005 World Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, Pope Benedict addresses the relationship of the Eucharist to daily life. The apostolic exhortation was released by the Holy See March 13.
In a statement welcoming the Apostolic Exhortation, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop William S. Skylstad, said: "Pope Benedict teaches that the Eucharist finds its source within the wellspring of love that is the Trinity, the love that is so abundantly expressed in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and in the new life of the Holy Spirit that flows into the hearts of those who participate in his sacrifice and receive him in Communion."
"The Holy Father also shows how the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Church's life in its relation to the other sacraments, especially the sacrament of Holy Orders and the sacrament of Matrimony," Bishop Skylstad said.
Like Pope Benedict's encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, the Apostolic Exhortation will be available less than three weeks after it was released.