The Pope made the announcement a year ago in his Apostolic Letter titled "Porta Fidei.” In the document, the Pope explains the reasons for having a year of faith. He also calls on Catholics to learn more about the religion and to show consistency.
BENEDICT XVI (October 16, 2011)
"Dear brothers and sisters, you're among the protagonists of the New evangelization which the Church has undertaken and carried forward, not without difficulty, but with the same enthusiasm of the early Christians."
The start of the Year of Faith also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Church.
Throughout the year, the Pope will take part in more than a dozen major meetings to highlight key aspects. That includes a gathering with youths, where the Pope will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. He will also receive hundreds of Marian institutions from all continents and meet with thousands of seminarians and novices from around the world. The Pope will also be taking part in an initiative called 'The Gospel of Life,' to defend the dignity of every person from conception to natural death.
ARCH. RINO FISICHELLA (June 21, 2012)
President, Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization
"The challenge is big, but so is our desire of fully respond in a coherent way. We also want to thank the Pope because he has accompanied us throughout the year with his presence and teachings. We're grateful because he decided to dedicate Wednesday's to the theme of faith.”
Throughout the year of faith, there will be events to strengthen the faith and make it present in society. That includes a worldwide and simultaneous adoration of the Eucharist. Also, the Pope is calling on Christians to make pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land, to recite the Creed and meditate carefully.