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Pope Benedict says he has called for a "Year of Faith," starting in October 2012, in response to a "profound crisis of faith that has affected many people" and left them searching for answers, reports the Catholic News Service.
"Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of 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 Pope wrote in his letter, "Porta Fidei" (Door of Faith), announcing the yearlong initiative.
"The 'door of faith' is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into His Church," he reflected. "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."
The Year of Faith will begin on October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. That same date is the 20th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II's publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text Pope Benedict said was meant to show "the power and beauty of the faith."
Pope's letter explains urgent need for 'Year of Faith' (Catholic News Agency)
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