[Updated:] Big News! Pope Benedict Announces 2012 Will Be The “Year of Faith”

Big news from over the weekend!

Here is the text of the announcement (more to come):

“It’s precisely to give new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ, who gives us life in abundance. I would like to announce in this Eucharistic celebration I have decided to convene a ‘Year of Faith’, which I will explain in an apostolic letter. This ‘Year of Faith’ begins on October 11, 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II, and ends on November 24, 2013, for the Solemnity of Christ, the King of the Universe. It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and to proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time.”

Papist hat/tip: Rome Reports

UPDATE — here is Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio “Porta Fidei” officially announcing 2012 as the “Year of Faith”:

The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return. [Continue reading...]

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6 thoughts on “[Updated:] Big News! Pope Benedict Announces 2012 Will Be The “Year of Faith”

  1. Sandra Pecora says:

    Without Faith it is impossible to Please God- Because we must believe that God IS.
    The Scriptures refer to Faith over and over again.
    May the Holy Spirit pour out the Gift of Faith and increase that Gift upon all who would receive it.
    Praise God for our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, who is a beautiful Father to us all.
    May we ask, seek and find the fullness of the Love of our LORD, Jesus and claim the Victory of His Work in each of us. May our Faith increase and be passed along to all “For God so loved the World, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that who-so-ever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.”

  2. [...] Pope Benedict XVI has announced that 2012 will be the “Year of Faith.”  I pray that it is so. “It’s precisely to give new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ, who gives us life in abundance. I would like to announce in this Eucharistic celebration I have decided to convene a ‘Year of Faith’, which I will explain in an apostolic letter. This ‘Year of Faith’ begins on October 11, 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II, and ends on November 24, 2013, for the Solemnity of Christ, the King of the Universe. It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and to proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time.” [...]

  3. Brandon Vogt says:

    Such great news! I just shared three conclusions we can draw from this announcement:

    http://virtuouspla.net/2011/10/17/2012-is-the-year-of-faith-what-does-it-mean/

  4. Davide says:

    Bravo! I really like Pope Radzinger. We need this desperately especially in Europe. I also think here in America the reason for Obama adminstration’s persecution of the Church is because they see the Church in a weakened state, now they think is the time to bring the Church to her knee’s. However Christ promised He would be with us to the end of time. Christ did not make the same promise to the United States of America.

  5. Chansen says:

    I hope this is true. We need to concentrate on our own personal faith and stop trying to force our religious views on others. We need to stop concentrating our time and energy on enforcing disrespectful laws like DOMA that deprive other people of simple rights and concentrate on improving ourselves and leading by example rather than using the hammer of law.

    1. Panda Rosa says:

      In the end, you do exhibit what faith and belief you have, but that is all you can do as one person can. What others take in is up to them (even as you pray for them), what more can one say?
      Just one Protestant’s opinion.

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