Year of Faith

Year of Faith 


 With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a year of Faith. This year will begin on 11th of October on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. Throughout the year various events and initiatives will be promoted through the Office of Evangilsation of the Archdiocese of Dublin and updated on their new website.


Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith


The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who lead the church across the centurues as we await the Lord's glorious return." - Pope Benedict XVI.

Apostolic letter from Pope Benedict XVI, for the Year of Faith. Click on the following link to read the full text of the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter which was issued on the 11th October 2011