October 11, 2012 marks the beginning of the special Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. This date was chosen because it is both the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Also, during this month, a General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will gather at the Vatican to reflect on the theme: “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” The Year of Faith will end on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.
The Holy Father has issued an Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei [Door of Faith], which explains his vision for the Year. A brief summary, including quotaions from the Pope, was given in an explanatory note by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
…The Year of Faith is intended 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 in the world of today — capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the “door of faith” (Acts 14:27). This “door” opens wide man’s gaze to Jesus Christ, present among us “always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20). He shows us how “the art of living” is learned “in an intense relationship with him.” “Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation: in every age he convokes the Church, entrusting her with the proclamation of the Gospel by a mandate that is ever new. Today too, there is a need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith.” …
In the Year, the Holy Father invites us all to “rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith.” This is “a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year” (Porta Fidei, 9). Let us take advantage of this time of grace, entering deeply into the mystery of faith by pondering of the scriptures of the daily liturgy.
The Year of Faith Logo: The logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with the trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.
Reference source: The Anawim Way
Note: For a summary of the seven important points of the New Evangelization, please read the article (Special Features) entitled: “Seven Things Catholics Should Know About the New Evangelization” on this website.