Q. 1. What is the Year of the Faith that I keep hearing the Catholic Church talking about?
A. 1. On October 11, 2011, with his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013.
This declaration is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta fidei 6).
In simple English, the "Year of Faith" is an opportunity for the faithful to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper spiritual relationship with him.
The pope has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith.” In the Bible, it says, "On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles." [Acts 14:27]
The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this special year, Catholics are called to open it again, to walk through it and to rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
[Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops]