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Christ_giving_Communion.jpg (17001 bytes) Many Catholics and non-Catholics alike think that the Roman Catholic Church invented the doctrine of transubstantiation. Transubstantiation means that the bread and wine presented on the altar at the Mass become the Body and Blood of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit at the consecration. The consecration is the time when the priest calls upon the Holy Spirit to change the bread and wine into Christ's Body and Blood. However, the Body and Blood retain the appearance of bread and wine. Only Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and a few other churches believe in this Real Presence. All other denominations have interpreted this presence to be either only spiritual, symbolic, or non-existent.

Pope Francis