Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses on the Eucharist with his General Audience on the morning of Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
Almost a year ago, he chose “hope” as the central theme for his Wednesday audiences. Now Pope Francis has announced to the 13,000 faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on November 8 that from now on his catecheses will be consecrated to the Eucharist and the Mass.
The question of the Mass is fundamental: “If we cannot celebrate the Eucharist, we cannot live; our Christian life would die,” declared the pope, recalling “the great number of Christians who, throughout the world, in 2,000 years of history, have died defending the Eucharist; and how many, still today, risk their lives in order to participate in Sunday Mass”.
In the forthcoming catecheses, Francis would like to “answer some important questions about the Eucharist... for it is fundamental that we Christians clearly understand the value and significance of the Holy Mass, in order to live ever more fully our relationship with God.”
It will be particularly interesting to follow the teachings of this pope who fully accepts the liturgical reform brought in by the Second Vatican Council.