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Cup of Suffering, Chalice of Salvation: Refugees, Lampedusa, and the Eucharist

This article explores the significance of the Eucharist in the context of the global refugee crisis. It analyzes this topic in light of the mass that Pope Francis celebrated on the island of Lampedusa on July 13, 2013 and the chalice he used that was hewn from the driftwood of a refugee shipwreck. Drawing on Virgilio Elizondo’s notions of the Galilean principle, the Jerusalem principle, and the Resurrection principle, it examines the migration of the no-bodies, their journey to becoming some-bodies, and their connection to the body of Christ.

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