Pope John Paul II issued a rare papal encyclical Thursday, urging Roman Catholics to refrain from taking “communion” in any other Christian church.

Pope John Paul II issued a rare papal encyclical Thursday, urging Roman Catholics to refrain from taking “communion” in any other Christian church. In the 19-page English translation of the encyclical, or letter, titled “Ecclesia de Eucharistia,” the pope said his aim was to preserve the Eucharistic celebration from what he called “abuses.”