Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI Proclaims the Year of Faith (October 11, 2012 - November 24, 2013)

Pope Benedict XVI today, October 11, proclaimed the Year of Faith in a Mass in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. This special year, which will conclude on November 24, 2013, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (also known as the Vatican II) and 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catholics, all over the world, have been asked to study and reflect on the documents of the Vatican II and the Catechism for deepening their knowledge and understanding of the faith.

The Year of the Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world,” Pope Benedict had mentioned earlier in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei (the door of faith). The Catholics are also called to return to Jesus Christ with a deeper understanding of and relationship with him.

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