Year of Faith
A brief Introduction
The Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta fidei 6). The Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The pope has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith” (see Acts 14:27). The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Vatican launched a website, Year of Faith / Annus Fidei (English), containing information about the Year of Faith including the Apostolic Letter: “Porta Fidei,”and the Vatican recommendations for celebrating the Year of Faith.
On June 2, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ in most countries, the Pope is asking every cathedral and parish to have an hour of silent contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament at exactly the same hour.