The Pakistani Catholic Bishops Conference has announced a “Year of Eucharist”, in order to focus on renewal and service and the year is expected to begin on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 26, 2017. It will end on the same feast day next year, November 25, 2018. In a statement published by the Pakistan Christian Post, the Bishops in Pakistan announced the declaration of Year of Eucharist and explained the significance of celebrating it amid the national challenges.
As reported by catholicnewsagency.com, the statement said that “The Year of Eucharist” is meant to be a time of spiritual growth and inner renewal and to share the love of Christ with all humanity by our dedicated service to our country.” Further, it stated that “As our country is going through difficult times we urge all people in Pakistan to pray more fervently for peace, harmony, progress and prosperity of our beloved country.”
Bishops in Pakistan also noted the problems faced by the country which included corruption and asked the faithful to stay away from the stains of corruption. The Bishops called on the Election Commission of Pakistan to be completely impartial and exhorted the political parties of the country to be attentive to the struggles of the country’s minorities. They also emphasized on the need of basic education and warned that the educational system in Pakistan is suffering.