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Medal - 29th International Eucharistic Congress, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1928 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20721

Australia New South Wales Sydney
29th International Eucharistic Congress 1928 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: This medal was issued in 1928 to commemorate the 29th International Eucharistic Congress, held in Sydney. The Eucharist is considered be the source and pinnacle of all evangelization and the centre of the whole life of the Church. The Congress is an expression of the Church's world-wide prayer for unity and peace. The first International Eucharistic Congress was held in Lille in northern France in 1881. The Congresses were then held intermittently, interrupted by events such as World War I. From 1922 they were held every second year. Between 1922 and the eve of World War II in 1938, nine congresses were held in different countries across the five continents, including the 29th Congress, held in Australia. The medal features an image of Pope Pius XI. Pius's pontificate, during the inter-war period, was marked by considerable diplomatic activity. Pius spoke out against nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism and totalitarianism, and in favour of human dignity. He also had little regard for laissez-faire capitalism, and urged social reform in the 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo anno. Pius argued that it was not possible to be both Fascist and Catholic, and relations between Mussolini and the Holy See deteriorated. However, he was presiding over the Church when it signed a concordat with Hitler in 1933. The Nazis continually meddled with Church activities, persecuted clergy and tried to convert German Christians to the new faith in Nazism, and Pius finally denounced the government and Nazi theory in Mit brennender Sorge in 1937. Soon after he issued the analysis On Atheistic Communism, denounced persecutions in Russia, Mexico, and Spain. To protect Eastern rites Catholics from Latin influence he augmented their congregation, established a commission to study their canon law and asked Western Catholics to embrace their brothers of the various Eastern rites.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 40 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 29.65 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: popes catholic church, religions
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Pope Pius XI, Roman Catholic Church (1857-1922), W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: religions
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1928 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Pope Pius XI facing left, under shoulder truncation W.J.A.; around, PIVS XI. PONT. MAX.
Reverse Description: Mary's Cathedral, Sydney; in field left, 29TH / INTERNATIONAL / EUCHARISTIC / CONGRESS / SYDNEY / SEPT 1928
in the exergue: AMOR
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
PIVS XI. PONT. MAX. around bust of Pope Pius XI facing left, under shoulder truncation W.J.A. (obverse)
29TH/INTERNATIONAL/EUCHARISTIC/CONGRESS/SYDNEY/SEPT 1928 ST Mary's Cathedral, Sydney; in the exergue: AMOR (reverse)
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Bronze silvered
Issued By: Eucharistic Congress, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Amor (Mint)
Artist: W. Amor, 1928

Initials appear incuse on truncation of Popes's bust.
Person Depicted: Pope Pius XI - Roman Catholic Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1928
References: Car 1928/3


Walter & Janet Decker Posted on 11 Jan 2010 11:21 AM
We own the Medal Pope Max 1928. Ref 1928/3
Seeing you have no image would you like for us to send a photo to you
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 Jan 2010 4:01 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Walter & Janet. Thanks for your kind offer. We do, in fact, have an image but we are simply in the process of uploading them for the many objects in the collection.
denise hughston Posted on 05 Sep 2011 11:13 AM
I found one of these medals among my Grandmothere's belongings, I've held onto it for 45 years since her death, don't quite know what to do with it.
Paul Reynolds Posted on 08 Oct 2011 2:50 PM
I have a framed wall picture of The 29th International Eucharist Congress with 50 pictures indexed of 'The Blessed Sacrament' exposed Cardinal, Bishops, processions, crowds and St Mary's Cathedral and proposed 'Holy Name Cathderal' i Brisbane. I guess you have one of these pictures? Paul

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