The Holy Father Benedict XVI has announced the Year of Faith, which will last from 11 October 2012 (fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council) to the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013.
The Year of Faith is an invitation to the faithful to rediscover the treasure of their faith, to transform their lives, and to accept Jesus as their One Lord and Savior. Pope Benedict XVI appeals to us: “Today in the Church we need a more compelling engagement in the new evangelization, so as to discover anew the joy of faith and rediscover enthusiasm for spreading the faith.” “Today the term ecclesia militans—the Church Militant—is somewhat out of fashion, but in fact we can understand ever more so that it is true, that it contains within it the truth. We see how evil wishes to dominate in the world and that it is necessary to fight against evil. We see that it does so in so many ways: cruelty, through the different forms of violence, but even disguised as good and thereby undermining the moral foundations of society. St. Augustine said that all history is a struggle between two loves: love of self to the point of despising God; and love of God to the point of despising oneself, in martyrdom. We are caught up in this struggle (...). The Lord said: ‘Courage, I have conquered the world.’ We are on the Lord’s team, hence on the winning team” (5 May 2012).