Archive Posts Year of Faith 2012-13

Week One 

The logo of the Year of Faith. The ship symbolises the Church. The mast of the vessel is a cross with full-blown sails which form the monogram of Christ (IHS) and in the background is a sun representing the Eucharist.
  •  First Week opening posts here

  • At the Synod, English Bishop Kieran Conry of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton talks about the legacy of Vatican II for his diocese and the Year of Faith and the challenges faced by the loss of people from the church.  This is good, especially his closing statement !
          Click here for Vatican Radio mp3 interview with Bishop Conry.

  •  The Holy See has published the new official texts of the Mass for the New Evangelisation. It is hoped that this Mass text will be used at appropriate celebrations throughout the Year of Faith. You can access the new mass texts here:
There will be a multilingual pastoral guide entitled "Living the Year of Faith" which is due to be published shortly and pilgrims to Rome during the year will receive an image of the Christ from the Cathedral of Cefalù in Sicily (above), with the following text: "May the Year of Faith lead all believers to learn by heart the Creed and to say it every day as a prayer, so that the breath matches the faith"
  • Year of Faith Hymn 
    The Year of Faith now has an official hymn downloadable here: "Credo, Domine, adauge nobis fidem". (I believe, Lord increase my faith). The music and words have been designed for congregational singing throughout the Year of Faith and beyond, mixing the verses in English with the refrain in Latin.

    • Damian Howard SJ from the Online Journal of The British Jesuits, opens Thinking Faith’s series for the Year of Faith by reflecting in this article on why a whole year devoted to the experience and practice of faith could be a moment of healing for the Church.
Week Two

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  • Time Magazine's man at the Synod of Bishops, Rupert Blair Kaiser gives 2012 Tablet lecture to mark Vatican II's 50th  anniversary. Title of article "Don't let anyone tell you the Council didn't change much."  Click here to read article.
  • Toronto's Cardinal recalls "Beautiful Vatican II ", 50 years on .
          "A faith that's sad or mad and not glad is bad"

           An mp3 recording of the Cardinal in interview here.

  • "We fail future generations if we allow Vatican II to fade."

          Chris McDonnell speaks at meeting of Catholics concerned at direction
             of Post- Conciliar Church  - Tablet article here - 11 October 2012. 
  • Inside The Synod. Round Up of Events and Videos from here

Week Three

John Allen's round up of the Synod  from NCR here entitled

"A Global Crop of Cardinals; Syria; Vatileaks; and Possible Popes."

Concluding Message From Synod Of Bishops


Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, superior general of the Jesuits, recently talked about the New Evangelization at the synod of bishops meeting in Rome this month to discuss the Church’s missionary outreach. Speaking as the head of a missionary order and as a missionary himself (he spent most of his life in Asia), Fr. Nicolás offered seven principles for missionary work.

The full text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the Final Mass of the XIII Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization.  


The synod is now over, so what follows ???

From Thinking Faith, The Online Journal of The British Jesuits four articles

Dominic Robinson SJ explores the pope’s call to evangelise in the light of  Vatican II Council’s understanding of evangelisation and later developments of this teaching.

 The three below are from the Thinking Faith Archives
Jesuit theologian James Corkery explores the background to and content of one of his favourite documents of Vatican II, Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.

Isabel Smyth SND examines the origins of Nostra aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Church and other faiths, and looks at the enormous impact it had on inter-faith relations and the questions it leaves us with today.  50th Anniversary of Vatican II: The history and legacy of the council  Read here
Oliver Rafferty SJ asks to what extent the Council achieved the initial aims that were set for it by Pope John XXIII. What were the implications of contemporary global events, and where are we now in relation to Vatican II?



Vatican Diary : 
A selection of the most significant remarks – or the most curious – made in the assembly during the course of the twenty-two general congregations, at twelve of which Benedict XVI was present. ( From journalist Sandro Magister)

Being Catholic in a Secular Culture: Text and audio of address by Bishop Egan

The above address was given by the Rt Rev. Philip Egan, the Bishop of Portsmouth, at the Faith and Culture Symposium at Aquinas College, Stockport, organised by the Diocese of Shrewsbury as one of the events to mark the Year of Faith opened by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11.

Pope Benedict has established a new Pontifical Academy for Latin. With a document entitled Latina Lingua, the Pope establishes the new foundation as part of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Holy Father wrote: "In today’s culture, the danger of an increasingly superficial knowledge of Latin may be noted in the context of the widespread weakening of humanistic studies. This is also a risk in the context of the philosophical and theological studies of future priests. Moreover in our own world, in which science and technology play such an important role, there is a renewed interest in the Latin culture and language and not only on those continents whose culture is rooted in the Greco-Roman heritage. This attention seems all the more meaningful since it not only involves academic and institutional sectors but also concerns young people and scholars from very different nations and traditions."

The full text of the Pope's letter and the statutes of the new foundation can be found here:
I learnt Latin at school and certainly appreciated it in all sorts of ways;- as a microbiologist where the roots of so many words are derived from the Latin( and Greek) and as a lover of literature. My Latin teacher read to us from a Latin version of Winnie The Pooh. Great fun !
A History of Christianity in Fifteen Objects. Click here 
 Pope Creates Six New Cardinals Full Text of Speech from Vatican Radio here
  Click here for The Tears of  a Cardinal; The Hope of A Church ? 
via Rocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia on the installation of 55 year old Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio (Chito) Tagle of Manila.
and click here for an earlier article from Rocco celebrating the fact that Cardinal Tagle is a highly accomplished social media practitioner.This is a great post from Rocco which also features some of Cardinal Tagle's weekly homilies on video.
 Rocco says "Arguably as "digital native" as a senior prelate can be at this point, the Filipino cardinal-designate – has rooted his online presence not so much in status feeds on Facebook as YouTube. Aired every weekend on local TV in metro Manila, Tagle hosts The Word Exposed, a half-hour commentary covering each of the Sunday readings, which likewise goes viral in anticipation of each weekend's liturgy."
 Click here for the full texts and /or videos of Cardinal Tagles addresses to The International Eucharistic Congress held in Ireland earlier this year when he was Archbishop.
  I didn't manage to keep this up to date all the way, did I ?!
Somewhere along the way things got very exciting and we have a new Pope.
His name is Francis, just in case you didn't know !!
and here's the last entry post of Pope Francis celebrating the final Mass of the Year of Faith in Rome.

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