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Vatican issues recommendations for celebrating Year of Faith

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican issued a list of pastoral recommendations for celebrating the Year of Faith in an effort to help Catholics have a better and correct understanding of their faith and become authentic witnesses to Christ. 

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a note on January 7 outlining the aims of the special year and ways in which bishops, dioceses, parishes and communities can promote “the truth of the faith.” 

In a January 5 statement, the congregation also announced that, within the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, a secretariat would be set up to suggest and coordinate different initiatives. The new department will be responsible for launching a special website for sharing useful information on the Year of Faith. 

The statement said that Pope Benedict XVI wanted the Year of Faith, which runs from October 11 to 24 November 2013, to help the Church focus its attention on “Jesus Christ and the beauty of having faith in him.”. 

Citing the pope’s 22 December 2011 address to the Roman Curia it said, “The Church is well aware of the problems facing the faith” and recognises that without a revitalisation of faith rooted in a personal encounter with Jesus, “then all other reforms will remain ineffective.” 

The Year of Faith is meant to “contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the risen Lord, capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the door of faith.” ......

 

The Year of Faith is meant to ‘contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses…’

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