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Year of Faith

Oct. 11, 2012

“We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” 
- Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei (The Door of Faith)

With his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei (The Door of Faith) Pope Benedict declared the Year of Faith, which begins on October 11, 2012 and concludes on November 24, 2013. The beginning of the Year coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Blessed John XXIII and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Year of Faith offers all Catholics the opportunity to deepen their friendship with the person of Jesus Christ and to encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Additionally, Catholics are asked to deepen their knowledge of our Catholic faith, primarily through study and reflection on the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism.  Finally, Catholics are challenged to witness and share their faith with family members, friends and neighbors.

In announcing the Year of Faith across the Archdiocese, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley noted that, “As members of the Catholic community, we are called to a continuing conversion which draws us more deeply into the Heart of Christ, where we find the graces needed for experiencing the fullest meaning of our lives.”

The Year of Faith is intended to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example.  It is meant to reflect one of the key themes of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, the New Evangelization that focuses particularly on outreach to those who have been baptized but have drifted away from their faith.

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