Porta fidei

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Porta fidei ( dt : Door of Faith ) is the name of an Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio dated October 11, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI. announced in this paper that he intends to proclaim a year of faith . It was supposed to start on October 11, 2012 and end on November 24, 2013. The beginning of the year of faith coincided with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (October 11, 1962).


In this motu proprio, Benedict XVI. points out that his predecessor Paul VI. held a "Year of Faith" in 1967. At that time, shortly after the end of the council, it was about the implementation of the council resolutions. Also in this by Benedict XVI. The year announced was about the results of the council, so he symbolically placed the beginning of the year on the day of the opening of the council in 1962.


The Pope wanted to remember the Council texts and urged the faithful to revisit the Council statements. In addition, the Pope was concerned with remembering the fundamental texts of faith. In addition, he noted in paragraph 9:

"It is no coincidence that in the first centuries Christians were encouraged to learn the Creed by heart."


The Pope referred to the beginning of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization , which was scheduled for October 7th to 28th, 2012, and invited all bishops to the Vatican to open the year of faith . He proposed to the Catholic dioceses , parishes and organizations a public declaration of their common faith.

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Individual evidence

  1. Press conference for the presentation of the Lineamenta of the XIII. Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops . Vatican website. Retrieved November 3, 2011.