The Papal Nuncio, Corpus Christi at Manly

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The Papal Nuncio, Corpus Christi at Manly


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A photograph taken by photographer Ted Hood of Apostolic Nuncio Philip Bernardini participating in the Corpus Christi Mass at Manly, New South Wales, in 1934.

Corpus Christi is an annual feast day observed by the Catholic Church on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. It celebrates the Eucharist (or ‘Blessed Sacrament’) as the blood and body of Christ, and is often followed by a procession. Corpus Christi was established as a feast day in the thirteenth century after revelations by a Belgian nun, Juliana of Liège (St Juliana), that she had experienced repeated visions of Christ and had been instructed to petition for a feast day to celebrate the sacrament. Juliana disclosed her visions to Robert de Thorete, the Bishop of Liège, Hugh of St-Cher and Jacques Panteléon, then the Archdeacon of Liège. Robert de Thorete used his power as a bishop (with the authority to order a feast in his diocese) to convene a synod in 1246 and order the celebration of Corpus Christi to be observed the following year. In 1261, Jacques Panteléon became Pope Urban IV. In 1264 he published a Papal Bull, Transiturus de hoc mundo , in which he ordered the annual celebration of Corpus Christi and the granting of indulgences to the faithful for their attendance at Mass and at the Office.


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“The Papal Nuncio, Corpus Christi at Manly,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed July 14, 2020,