Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A special Year of the Faith will be held from 11 October 2012, the anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, until 24 November 2013, Solemnity of Christ the King. That was the announcement made by Pope Benedict during his homily at a Mass concluding a conference on the New Evangelization.
It was also a theme taken up and reiterated at the Angelus, before many of the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.
Speaking about his decision to invoke this "Year of Faith" Pope Benedict said it was "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".
October 10, 2012. (Romereports.com) One day before the start of the Year of Faith, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the begining of the Second Vatican Council, Benedict XVI reflected on the importance of the event during his weekly general audience.
“As we begin tomorrow the Year of Faith, it is more necessary than ever to return to the documents of this great Council, which was convoked, in the words of Blessed John the twenty-third, to proclaim the truths of the faith in a “renewed” way, all the while keeping intact their perennial content”, said Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict spoke about the documents prepared during the Vatican Council and called them a “compass for the Church”.
“The fiftieth anniversary of the Council thus reminds us that the Church, in all its members, has the task of transmitting the message of God’s love which saves and which leads us to eternal beatitude”.
At the end of the general audience some of the participants at the synod on the New Evangelization greeted the pope and gave him this picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.