Archbishop Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation has launched the Holy See’s dedicated web site for the Year of Faith, which provides resources and information in several different languages and will be accessible by a variety of electronic devices. Go to:
Archbishop Fisichella and Msgr. Graham Bell, the under secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, also presented the Holy See’s exciting plans for the Year of Faith including:
- The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has approved the formula for a special “Mass for New Evangelisation”. Archbishop Fisichella explained that this is a sign that during the Year of Faith “priority will be given to prayer, and especially to the Eucharist as source and summit of all Christian life”.
- The logo for the Year of Faith was unveiled displaying the image of a ship, symbolizing 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.
- The Year also has an official hymn entitled: “Credo, Domine, adauge nobis fidem”.
- A multilingual pastoral guide entitled “Living the Year of Faith” is due to be published in early September and pilgrims will receive an image of the Christ from the cathedral of Cefalu in Sicily, with the Creed written on the back.
- The Year of Faith will also include a number of cultural events including an exhibition on St. Peter to be held at Castel Sant’Angelo from 7 February 2013 to 1 May 2013 and a concert in St. Peter’s Square on 22 June 2013.
Finally Archbishop Fisichella turned his attention to the most important events of the Year of Faith, those to be celebrated in Rome in the presence of the Holy Father:
- They include the opening, which “will take place in St. Peter’s Square on Thursday 11 October, fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of Vatican Council II. There will be a solemn Eucharistic celebration concelebrated by the Synod Fathers, the presidents of the world’s episcopal conferences and by Council Fathers who are still alive”.
- Sunday 21 October will see the canonisation of seven martyrs: Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Maria del Carmen (born Maria Salles y Barangueras), Kateri Tekakwitha, Maria Anna Cope, and Anna Schaffer.
- On 25 January 2013, during the traditional ecumenical celebration at the Roman basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls, participants will pray that, “through their joint profession of the Symbol, Christians … may not forget the path of unity”.
- On 28 April the Holy Father will impart the Sacrament of Confirmation to a group of young people, while 5 May will be dedicated to expressions of popular piety.
- On 18 May, the eve of Pentecost, Catholic movements, both old and new, will gather in St. Peter’s Square.
- On 2 June, Corpus Christi, the Blessed Sacrament will be adored at the same time all over the world. Sunday 16 June will be dedicated to the Gospel of Life. On 7 July seminarians and novices from all over the world will conclude their pilgrimage by gathering in St. Peter’s Square. The 29 September will be dedicated to catechists on the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and 13 October will focus on the presence of Mary in the Church. Finally, the closing celebration of the Year of Faith will take place on 24 November 2013.