Visitors Counter

Since 2011

Benedict XVI opens the Year of Faith on the 50th anniversay of the beginning of Vatican II

The Pope insists on the need to “literally” return to the Council to find an authentic spirit and to rediscover the essential in order to live.

“A pilgrimage in the deserts of today’s world”. This is the suggestive image chosen by Benedict XVI to represent the Year of Faith, inaugurated this morning Thursday, 11 October, with a mass in St Peter's Square – exactly 50 years after the opening of the Vatican Council and 20 years after the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

At the Homily that Pope underlined that the Year of Faith is “linked harmoniously with the Church’s whole path” over the last 50 years, “from the Council, through the Magisterium of the Servant of God Paul VI, who proclaimed a Year of Faith in 1967, up to the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, with which Blessed John Paul II re-proposed to all humanity Jesus Christ as the one Saviour, yesterday, today and forever”.

Benedict XVI also insisted various times on the need to “literally” return to the Council in order to find an authentic spirit and rediscovering the essential to live. And “if today the Church proposes a new Year of Faith and a new evangelization”, he explained, “it is not to honour an anniversary, but because there is more need of it, even more than there was fifty years ago”.

In fact, the Pope observed that “recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual “desertification”. But it is “in starting from the experience of this desert” it is possible to discover again “the joy of believing, its vital importance for us, men and women”. “In the desert we rediscover the value of what is essential for living; thus in today’s world there are innumerable signs, often expressed implicitly or negatively, of the thirst for God, for the ultimate meaning of life”.

“In the desert”, he concluded, “people of faith are needed who, with their own lives, point out the way to the Promised Land and keep hope alive”. At the end of the celebration Patriarch Bartolomaios I spoke and highlighted the progress that has been made in ecumenism.

October, 11th 2012


Photos by John Petrick and Vinoth Chandar

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *


"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)



"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)



"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)



"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)



"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)