On June 10, 2004, during the Solemn Mass held in front of
St. John Lateran Basilica, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood
of Christ, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, announced the Year of the Eucharist, which will
be observed throughout the Church from
October 2004 to October 2005.
"The Rosary itself, when it is profoundly understood
in the biblical and christocentric form .... will prove a
particularly fitting introduction to the Eucharistic
contemplation carried out with Mary as our
companion and guide."
(John Paul II (MND 18)