Year of Faith

WE BELIEVE

Homilies, catechesis, addresses and other speeches and documents of the Holy Father

Introduction
Background
Vatican II
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Conversion
Charity
New Evangelisation
Calendar
Mother Teresa

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Evidently, knowledge of the content of faith is essential for giving one’s own assent, that is to say for adhering fully with intellect and will to what the Church proposes. Knowledge of faith opens a door into the fullness of the saving mystery revealed by God.  ... Porta Fidei

In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council. In the Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum, signed, not by accident, on the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John Paul II wrote: “this catechism will make a very important contribution to that work of renewing the whole life of the Church ... I declare it to be a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith.”  Porta Fidei

The Year of Faith will have to see a concerted effort to rediscover and study the fundamental content of the faith that receives its systematic and organic synthesis in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here, in fact, we see the wealth of teaching that the Church has received, safeguarded and proposed in her two thousand years of history. From Sacred Scripture to the Fathers of the Church, from theological masters to the saints across the centuries, the Catechism provides a permanent record of the many ways in which the Church has meditated on the faith and made progress in doctrine so as to offer certitude to believers in their lives of faith.   Porta Fidei

In its very structure, the Catechism of the Catholic Church follows the development of the faith right up to the great themes of daily life. On page after page, we find that what is presented here is no theory, but an encounter with a Person who lives within the Church. The profession of faith is followed by an account of sacramental life, in which Christ is present, operative and continues to build his Church. Without the liturgy and the sacraments, the profession of faith would lack efficacy, because it would lack the grace which supports Christian witness. By the same criterion, the teaching of the Catechism on the moral life acquires its full meaning if placed in relationship with faith, liturgy and prayer.  Porta Fidei

"We want this year....to rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year." Porta Fidei

Reflection on the faith will have to be intensified, so as to help all believers in Christ to acquire a more conscious and vigorous adherence to the Gospel...  Porta Fidei

Twenty years ago Blessed Pope John Paul II published the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He wrote at the time:

“...this catechism will make a very important contribution to that work of renewing the whole life of the Church ... I declare it to be a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith.”

Fidei Depositum 1, IV

During the Year of Faith every baptised person is invited to re-read the Catechism to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the most important gift that they’ve been given - their faith. The Catechism helps everyone to learn about the content of the faith as received and safeguarded by the Church during the past 2000 years.

Pope Benedict XVI writes in his Apostolic Letter announcing the Year:

“From Sacred Scripture to the Fathers of the Church, from theological masters to the saints across the centuries, the Catechism provides a permanent record of the many ways in which the Church has meditated on the faith and made progress in doctrine so as to offer certitude to believers in their lives of faith.”

Porta Fidei 11

He adds:

“In its very structure, the Catechism of the Catholic Church follows the development of the faithright up to the great themes of daily life. On page after page, we find that what is presented here is no theory, but an encounter with a Person who lives within the Church. The account of sacramental life, in which Christ is present, operative and continues to build his Church.

Without the liturgy and the sacraments, the profession of faith would lack efficacy, because it would lack the grace which supports Christian witness. By the same criterion, the teaching of the Catechism on the moral life acquiresits full meaning i f placed in relationship with faith, liturgy and prayer.”

Porta Fidei 11

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is offered as an indispensible tool to support growth in faith. Some parishes already have groups that meet at intervals to read and study this text. During the Year of Faith you may choose to start such a group and / or commit to reading a paragraph daily as a way of deepening your appreciation of the Church’s teaching.

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Prayer for the Year of Faith

Motu Proprio: Porta Fidei

Plenary Indulgence granted for Year of Faith

Fidei Depositum

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Homily on opening the door of faith - Cardinal Piacenza

Pope Announces "year of faith"

 

 

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