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Participants at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' 2019 spring general assembly pray together before the afternoon session, June 12, 2019. (photo: Katie Veik / CNA/EWTN)

The Nov. 15-17 gathering in Baltimore will bring the bishops together for the first time since 2019.

Lauretta BrownWASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet in person Nov. 15-17 for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, and the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist will be front and center on the agenda — just as it was at their previous gathering in the spring.

During their virtual meeting in June, the bishops voted to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist with a section on worthiness to receive Holy Communion. A heated debate preceded the vote when a vocal minority of bishops pushed back against drafting the document with concerns that it would be interpreted politically as a move against President Joe Biden, who is pro-abortion and a baptized Catholic.

Ultimately, the bishops decided to move forward with drafting the document, “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” in a vote of 168-55, with six bishops abstaining. …

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