October, 17, 2011. (Romereports.com)
During his Sunday Mass in St. Peter's, Benedict XVI announced that 2012 would serve as the “Year of Faith.” He made the announcement during a Mass to celebrate the closing of the meeting on the New Evangelization which took place on October 15th and 16th at the Vatican.Benedict XVI
“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and to proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time.”
The pope also wrote an apostolic letter explaining the Year of Faith in more detail. He did note that this initiative would serve to help people during their moments of doubt. Benedict XVI
“It will give new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ, who gives us life in abundance.”
The Year of Faith is scheduled to begin on October 11, 2012 and last until November 24 in 2013.