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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2494

Private: Year of Faith

A Year of Faith


A Moment of Grace

Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith to begin in the autumn of 2012.

The observance will run from 11th October – the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council – and it will conclude on 24th November 2013, the Feast of Christ the King.

The Holy Father has said that he hopes the occasion would provide “renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life – friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life”.

The Pope said he hopes the Year will be a “moment of grace and commitment to an ever fuller conversion to God, to reinforce our faith in him and to proclaim him with joy to the people of our time”.

Pope Benedict formally announced the Year of Faith on 17th October 2011 when he issued the apostolic letter Porta Fidei (the Door of Faith).

“Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy,” the Pope wrote. Catholics cannot “grow lazy in the faith”, he added.

The Pope explained that the main focus of the Year of Faith will be on the person of Jesus Christ because “in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfilment”.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, published in 1992, should serve as the major guide for assisting Catholics discover the truths of faith anew and to widen their understanding of Catholic beliefs.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will publish a pastoral document to help the faithful live the year “in the most effective and appropriate ways at the service of belief and evangelisation”.

Besides greater study and prayer, the Year of Faith also must be accompanied with more acts of charity.

“What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end,” the Holy Father wrote in the Apostolic Letter.

The Diocese of Shrewsbury intends to embrace the invitation of Pope Benedict to celebrate the Year of Faith.

You can learn about diocesan initiatives in this area by visiting the Year of Faith portal on our website.