The Indian edition of Pope Francis’ apostolic letter “Desiderio Desideravi” was launched by Cardinal-designate Filipe Neri Ferrão at Archbishop’s House in Panjim in the western state of Goa on July 9.
“The faithful will celebrate liturgy better if they understand more adequately what they are doing and why they are doing it,” said the prelate who is also archbishop of Goa and Daman and president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.
“Advanced liturgical catechesis for all faithful is needed to see that our liturgical celebrations are more active and meaningful,” he said.
The first copy of the book was handed over to Philip Ozores, secretary general of the Aid to the Church in Need.
The Indian edition of “Desiderio desideravi” is published by the CCBI General Secretariat.
Pope Francis released the apostolic letter on June 29, the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
The new papal teaching on the Holy Mass aims to enhance the liturgical formation of the “People of God” through the understanding the gift of the Holy Mass and Eucharist.
The apostolic letter insists on the formation of the faithful in understanding that the liturgy is the guaranteed place of a real encounter with Christ, a privileged theological source, and the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed.
“Christian faith is either an encounter with Him alive, or it does not exist,” said Pope Francis in the letter.
“I want the beauty of the Christian celebration and its necessary consequences for the life of the church not to be spoiled by a superficial understanding of its value or, worse yet, by its being exploited in service of some ideological vision,” he said.