Tuesday, October 2, 2012


On this page, you will find videos and links to a variety of resources, courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to help you renew you baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of their lives with faith, hope and love.


Documents from the Vatican:
Official Web site for the Year of Faith

Documents of the Second Vatican Council

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei announcing the Year of Faith


United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization

Go and Make Disciples

Scroll down for additional resources and Year of Faith prayers.

What is 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.

Oct. 11 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. From that day through the Solemnity of Christ the King in November 2013, Pope Benedict invites us to celebrate a "Year of Faith."

This year challenges us, disciples baptized into Christ and his church, to move beyond routine to relationship; to "reimage" our Catholic faith not as an intellectual exercise, but as a personal encounter with Christ, an encounter that blossoms into a living friendship with Jesus and a loving relationship with our neighbor.

Important as official teachings are — and this year we should rediscover these, too — the pope suggests that we begin this year by looking at faith as a lifelong journey undertaken with a joy that inevitably attracts others.

As examples of a personal faith whose authenticity and enthusiasm have an impact on others, Pope Benedict will canonize two saints with American significance on World Mission Sunday, Oct. 21: Native American Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), whose short life was a journey of selfless love; and Mother Marianne Cope (1838-1918), whose love for Christ led her from Germany to Hawaii, where she shared Father Damien's ministry to those afflicted with Hansen’s disease.


Rediscovering the Faith
The New Evangelization
Year of Faith Calendar
Year of Faith Graphics and Downloads
Year of Faith Q&A
Year of Faith Saints
Year of Faith Videos
Daily Scripture Reflections

Year of Faith prayers

Special Prayers for the Year of Faith
Catholic Prayers
The Nicene Creed

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