With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith. This year will begin on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.
This year will be a propitious occasion for the faithful to understand more profoundly that the foundation of Christian faith is “the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” Founded on the encounter with the Risen Christ, faith can be rediscovered in its wholeness and all its splendor. “In our days too faith is a gift to rediscover, to cultivate and to bear witness to” because the Lord “grants each one of us to live the beauty and joy of being Christians.”
The beginning of the Year of Faith coincides with the anniversaries of two great events which have marked the life of the Church in our days: the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, called by Blessed PopeJohn XXIII (11 October 1962), and the twentieth of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, given to the Church by Blessed Pope John Paul II (11 October 1992).
The Year of Faith is intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the Risen Lord in the world of today – capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the “door of faith.” This “door” opens wide man’s gaze to Jesus Christ, present among us “always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20). He shows us how “the art of living” is learned “in an intense relationship with him.” “Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation: in every age he convokes the Church, entrusting her with the proclamation of the Gospel by a mandate that is ever new. Today too, there is a need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith.”
Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith
“The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith
Click on the following link to read the full text of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter which was issued on 11 October 2011.
Official Hymn for the Year of Faith
The official hymn of the Year of Faith is called Credo Domine and the sheet music can be downloaded from the Year of Faith Website at the following link:
Official Year of Faith Logo
The logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with the trigram, refers also to the Eucharist. Click on the following link to download the logo.
Useful websites and links:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en/credo/catechismo-chiesa-cattolica.html
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en/credo/compendio-dottrina-chiesa.html
Official website for the Year of Faith
News about the Year of Faith
To keep up to date with news about the Year of Faith from the Vatican, please click on the following link. http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en/news.html
Year of Faith in Ireland
An article from the October issue of Intercom by Cardinal Sean Brady, The Year of Faith: Source of Renewal
Diocese of Down and Connor: Year of Faith initiative in conjunction with Living Church
Kildare and Leighlin: Prof Brendan Leahy speaks at opening of Year of Faith