The SEVENTH NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS, held in Cleveland 2327 Sept. 1935, drew 500,000 Catholics from around the nation. The congress was one of a series of such meetings held by the Roman Catholic Church to increase devotion to Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist. Bp.
Patrick Cardinal Hayes of New York, Archbishop Cicognani, the apostolic delegate, and Archbishop John McNicholas of Cincinnati were several of the many dignitaries who attended opening ceremonies in
On the final day, declared a civic holiday by Mayor Davis, 20,000 Catholics who belonged to fraternal and religious societies, the safety forces, and other organizations joined students in a march to the stadium. The bishops and the apostolic delegate were at the end of the procession. In the stadium, marchers stood in the formation of a monstrance, a vessel used for the display of the Eucharist. Pope Pius XI spoke by radio from Italy, praising those gathered and asking them to live worthy lives.