Bishop of Multan announces celebrations of “Year of Eucharist” saying: “We want to make the Eucharist the center of our Christian life, our families and our homes.” Bishop Benny Mario Travas who heads the Diocese of Multan, has called his congregants to celebrate 2018 as “Year of Eucharist.” Further divulging, it was maintained that the idea ascended after a Pakistani clergymen’s delegation participated in International Eucharistic Congress which was celebrated in Cebu, Philippines.
Bishop Benny also holds the office of President of the liturgical Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan maintains: “It was a touching experience and we wanted to revive this spirit in Pakistan.” This idea received a unanimously green signal from all the Bishops of the Conference.
In a letter to Fides, Bishop Benny explained that the theme of this celebration is planted upon the Scripture where it says: “I am the bread of life.” The celebrations will be inaugurated from November 24 in Karachi. The inaugural will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and will continue till November 26. He informed that during the Eucharistic Celebration, several programs and initiatives will be at the Diocesan level. The celebration is scheduled to close on November 21 in Lahore whereas the closing ceremony is scheduled to last till November 24.
Details have this that representative from every parish in the country will make up the organizing committee. This committee will be entrusted with the task of chalking out pastoral programs and support. Bishop Benny shares his idea: “the Eucharistic Adoration in every parish, encounters, and catechesis for young people, families, schools, and children”.
Reflecting upon the Church in Pakistan, Bishop Benny said that the lives of Christians in Pakistan: “are already Eucharistic lives when in the face of sufferings, violence or unjustified discrimination, one thanks and praises God. But this strength and spirit can only come by putting the Eucharist as the source and culmination of individual life, of every believer who lives in our beloved country.”
He emphasized on the fact that the month of August witnessed killing of three Christians in the country. “In the face of every form of violence, ours is a Eucharistic attitude: we do not respond with evil but by entrusting our suffering to God, accepting his will, blessing and thanking, praying for peace,” he said.