Mexico Looks Ahead to Eucharistic Congress

MEXICO CITY, JAN. 13, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Mexico’s bishops have declared 2004 the «Year of the Eucharist.»

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This was one of the messages that Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop primate of Mexico, gave to the official New Year’s Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe last weekend.

The cardinal invited the faithful to live their Christian life in view of the International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to take place in Guadalajara from Oct. 10-17.

Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls confirmed that the Church in Mexico and the government have invited John Paul II to participate in the event. No decision has been announced on whether the Pope will go.

In his address, Cardinal Rivera said that fear has been spreading in Mexican society in face of the growing unemployment and the political differences that emerged at the end of last year in the legislative chambers.

«Let us pray for our brothers who are unemployed, but let us also pray for those who are in danger of being unemployed,» he said. «And let us pray for our authorities and for entrepreneurs so that they will have the imagination and initiative to make possible more sources of work in our city and in our homeland.»

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