Vatican City: Thirty years ago, Bl. John Paul II founded The Centre San Lorenzo in Rome as a place for young pilgrims to pray on March 13, 1983. Bl. John Paul II is known for beginning the World Youth Day celebrations. Zenit News Agency has reported that part of the celebration of its anniversary will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Twenty four hour adoration began Monday morning and will continue until Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to come to the Centre San Lorenzo and pray for the intentions of the new Pope and for the Cardinals to elect him.
Since it's founding thirty years ago, The Centre San Lorenzo (CSL) has been almost exclusively run by a team of young people. The celebration of its founding began with a Mass at the tomb of Bl. John Paul II.
Fr. Fabien Lambert, CSL encouraged people to pray for the conclave. "like the apostles united together with Mary with the Cenacle of Pentecost, today again the cardinals pray in attitude of availability of the Holy Spirit. We would also like to unite ourselves with our cardinals and with all of the Church to pray and intercede for the conclave."
The Catholic Church is considered a Eucharistic faith. Part of the faith, is the belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the bread and wine consecrated by a priest at Mass. When we pray before the Blessed Sacrament Jesus is actually with us in the consecrated bread. Twenty four hour devotion to the Eucharist is a devotion where the Blessed Sacrament is never alone. Someone is always in the room praying with Jesus.
As we wait for news of who the next pope will be, all the faithful are praying for the church, the cardinals and the future pope.