30/07/2012 09:33

Challenges of the ‘Year of Faith’

By Fr. Victor Roche SVD – PNG&SI Catholic Bishops’ Conference General Secretary. The Holy Father, Benedict XVI, with his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei (The door of faith) has announced the ‘Year of Faith’ which is to begin on October 11, 2012, on the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and will come to a conclusion on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 24, 2013.

He declared the year of faith in response to the crisis of faith in the world today. In the Western countries, many Catholic churches are being closed down; there are few vocations to the priesthood and religious life. In some countries the number of Catholics is decreasing year by year. The Pope stressed the "need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ".

The main ecclesial event at the beginning of the Year of Faith will be the XIII General

Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome with the theme: ‘The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’.

The coordinators of the Year of Faith have sent papers with suggestions that can be carried out at different levels: the Conference of Bishops, dioceses, parishes, communities, different movements, families and each individual Catholic.

It is good that we recognize the importance of ‘The Year of Faith’ in order to rediscover our journey of faith in our relationship with Christ.