Year of faith

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The Year of Faith was a theme year of the Roman Catholic Church from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013, the Pope Benedict XVI. on October 11, 2011 with the Motu proprio Porta fidei . During this time, "faith should be given more thought to help all who believe in Christ become more conscious and stronger in their approval of the gospel, especially in a moment of profound change such as humanity is currently experiencing."

Already Pope Paul VI. had proclaimed a year of faith in 1967 on the occasion of the 1900 anniversary of the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul .


Benedict XVI. named as goals for the Year of Faith 2012/2013, “to intensify the celebration of faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist”, “to rediscover and about the contents of the faith that is known, celebrated, lived and expressed in prayer to reflect on the act of faith itself. "At the same time, it is about" that the testimony of the life of the believers gains credibility. "


The opening date, October 11, 2012, was chosen with a view to the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church . Both should be referred to during the year of faith. The opening day fell in the first week of the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which had the theme “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”. The theme year began with a celebration of Holy Mass by Pope Benedict XVI. opened.


When organizing the year, existing “parishes, associations and spiritual communities” as well as “beliefs on the Internet” offered a foundation on which to build. It should be addressed to those who already agree with the act of faith of the heart to the content of faith that the Church teaches, but also to those who are still in search; because their search "represents a permanent invitation, inscribed in the human heart, to set out to meet the one we would not be looking for if he had not already met us."


The year of faith came to an end on Christ the King Sunday 2013, which marks the end of the liturgical year , as the whole theme year is intended as a "call to a genuine and renewed conversion to the Lord, the only Savior in the world".

Individual evidence

  1. Porta fidei, 8
  2. a b c Porta fidei, 4
  3. Porta fidei, 9
  4. ^ Sermon by Pope Benedict XVI. in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Retrieved on May 21, 2016 .
  5. The Year of Faith: A First Timetable. Vatican Radio website. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  6. ^ Statement by Archbishop Zollitsch for the DBK , s. Web link
  7. Porta fidei, 10
  8. Porta fidei, 6

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