The Year of Faith: Ideals and reality

Andrew Downie

This article describes the experience of the Year of Faith in the parish and diocese, reflecting on how the aims set out by Pope Benedict became a reality for the Catholic faithful. Andrew Downie is a Parish Priest in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

On 16th October 2011, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed a ?Year of Faith,? to begin a year later. In his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei announcing the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict wrote:
Whereas in the past it was possible to recognize a unitary cultural matrix, broadly accepted in its appeal to the content of the faith and the values inspired by it, today this no longer seems to be the case in large swathes of society, because of a profound crisis of faith that has affected many people.1

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