Liverpool Archdiocese is proud to welcome the National Eucharistic Congress, Adoremus, to our city. To show off our Catholic heritage is encouraging to Christians of all persuasions, and hopefully even to those of other faiths in these secular times.
Our common human values are deeply rooted in the Body of Christ. The value we give to life from conception to natural death, our search for peace and our care for the poor, are given purpose and energy by the Word that became flesh. Jesus said, 'I am the Bread of life' (John 6:35), and that will be real for the many pilgrims to Liverpool as they are fed with the Blessed Eucharist in the celebrations of Holy Mass and Adoration and the great events in the Echo arena.
The fringe events on the parallel programme are an opportunity to dig deeper into the meaning of the Eucharist. It is in these discussions, exhibitions, parties and performances that the true heart of what it means to be a Catholic Christian will be found.
The warm, funny and friendly Catholics of Liverpool will make it very clear that the Eucharist is a place of welcome where the joy and mercy of Jesus is to be found. The Eucharist is an invitation to everyone: 'Taste and see that the Lord is good' (Psalm 34:8). The challenge facing us in the wake of Adoremus will be to find ways to remove the man-made obstacles that block the way to the Lord.