A New Journey
In October 2011 Pope Benedict XVI announced a Year of Faith inviting Catholics to rediscover the gift of faith and to seek new ways of proclaiming it.
The year will begin on 11 October 2012 - the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council - and conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. The start date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It coincides too with a gathering of bishops from across the world in Rome for a synod themed, ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’.
One of the key emphases of the Year of Faith is to come to know better and deepen our understanding of our greatest treasure. Everyone is invited to participate in this year of celebration and mission, mindful that faith is not meant to be private, but professed and shared.
Please do support it and get involved as you can.
Bishops Meeting on New Evangelization
7 - 28 October 2012, Vatican City
Around 300 Catholic Bishops from around the world will come together in Rome for the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to reflect on the theme of "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith". A Synod is an international meeting of bishops.
According to Pope Benedict XVI, the Synod is to be a moment to examine the journey that had been made in terms of spreading Gospel in the modern day and to resume with fresh impetus the urgent work still to be done in evangelising today’s world
Please keep both bishops in your prayers as they contribute to this important work.
This is a summary document prepared ahead of the Synod. Lineamenta means "outline" in Latin and the Holy See invites each country's Episcopal Conference to submit its response. The lineamenta helps provide the framework for reflection and discussion.
Synod on New Evangelisation: Lineamenta 522.96 kB
The Vatican has now published Instrumentum Laboris, the working document of the upcoming Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops meeting focusing on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.
Prayer for the Year of Faith
Motu Proprio: Porta Fidei
Plenary Indulgence granted for Year of Faith
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Homily on opening the door of faith - Cardinal Piacenza
Pope Announces "year of faith"
Official Year of Faith website of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization