Year of Faith

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church.But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him.The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church.

In his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on Oct. 11, 2012 and conclude on Nov. 24, 2013. The first day of this period is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

"The 'door of faith' (Acts14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church." — Pope Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei.

The upcoming Year of Faith is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world" (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The "door of faith" is opened at one's baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.

On these pages you will find videos and links to a variety of resources to help you renew your baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of their lives with faith, hope and love.  The Q & A will help you better understand what the Year of Faith is all about.

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