Pope Francis on Friday met representatives of the European bishops’ conferences who are responsible for catechesis.
They were in Rome for a Vatican meeting.
Catechists are evangelizers who live from the celebration of the Eucharist and feel more vividly the passion to transmit the faith with the creativity and drive of the Holy Spirit.
“The privileged place of catechesis is precisely the Eucharistic celebration, where brothers and sisters come together to discover more and more the different ways of God’s presence in their lives.”
The Pope made the remark on Friday to some 80 delegates of the European bishops’ conferences who are responsible for catechesis.
They participated in a meeting on “Catechesis and Catechists for the New Evangelization“, promoted by the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
Recalling the International Eucharistic Congress which he concluded on Sunday in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, the Pope said that the commitment of catechists can be greatly effective in the work of evangelization if they keep their gaze fixed on the Eucharistic mystery.
Pope Francis recalled how Jesus, who had arranged everything for the Passover, sent his disciples saying, “Go into the city”.
“Christians, preparing to celebrate the culmination of the mystery of faith, are invited to go first “into the city”, to meet people busy with their daily commitments.”
Catechesis, Pope Francis said, is not an abstract communication of theoretical knowledge of formulas to be memorized, but is the mystagogical experience of those who learn to meet their brothers and sisters where they live and work, because they themselves have met Christ, who has called them to become missionary disciples, according Vatican News.
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