2012-01-07

Annus Fidei

The note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith was released earlier today. Promulgated by Pope Benedict, beginning on 11 October 2012 (50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II Council) and ending on 24 November 2013 (Solemnity of Christ the King), the Year of Faith seeks to deepen the Christian faith of Catholics. With heavy emphasis of catechesis using the Catechism and its Compendium (the word "Catechism" appears 29 times in the text) on the levels of the Universal Church, the country, the diocese and the parish, the note makes multiple recommendations to make the Year more fruitful. The newly established Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization will establish a Secretariat to coordinate the initiatives within the Roman Curia and for the Universal Church.

One thing that caught my attention is that the CDF mandates the Secretariat to open a dedicated website for the Year of Faith "with the goal of making available useful information regarding living out the Year of Faith more effectively". I am really glad about the different initiatives, effectively beginning in the past year, by the Roman Curia to make a better use of the modern means of communications. Surely the Catholic Church still has a lot to catch up in this area, but this is another indication that we are having a good start.

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