Pope John Paul II will inaugurate the Year of the Eucharist with the celebration of a Mass t 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, at the Altar of the Confession in St. Peter's Basilica.

The Mass will coincide with the end of the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico and will include a Message from the Holy Father, followed by exposition, adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.