BY MARK GREAVES
THE VATICAN has launched a campaign to promote Eucharistic adoration around the world as a way of renewing the priesthood.
The Congregation for Clergy issued a directive last week that asked each diocesan bishop to appoint a priest who would work "full-time, as far as possible, to the specific ministry of promoting Eucharistic adoration".
The directive, signed by Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the congregation, and Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, the secretary, said the drive to promote Eucharistic adoration was "for the reparation of faults and sanctification of priests".
It was intended "to maintain a greater awareness of the ontological link between the Eucharist and the priesthood" and to recognise "the special maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for each priest".
Although "a great many things are necessary" to address difficulties within the priesthood, the Congregation said that the "departure point [should] be a spiritual endeavouf The directive proposed establishing specific shrines for continuous Eucharistic adoration, marking particular times and days for adoration, making it a regular part of feast day celebra tions and establishing Eucharistic shrines.
It said: "Just as there are Marian shrines, with rectors in charge of that particular ministry and suitable for its specific needs, it is also possible to have Eucharistic shrines."
The directive was issued on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.