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Year of Faith launched in Manila on Nov. 3

The Year of Faith will be launched in the Archdiocese of Manila on November 3, 2012, with its Archbishop Cardinal-designate Luis Antonio G. Tagle presiding at the Mass at 9 a.m. at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila.


The launching also serves as a welcome for the Manila Archbishop who returned from the Synod of Bishops in Rome where he served as vice-president of its Commission on the Message, and where Pope Benedict XVI named him one of six to become cardinals in a consistory on November 24, 2012.

Cardinal-designate Tagle has been at the forefront of lectures and talks on the Year of Faith. On October 4, just before he left for the Synod, he issued a Pastoral Letter on the Year of Faith which was read in all Masses in the archdiocese on October 6 and 7.

Pope Benedict declared a Year of Faith beginning October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church  and ending on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The launching will be festive and will feature band music and the Buling-buling, the traditional dance for the Santo Niño de Pandacan to signify the townsfolk offering of love and gratitude to its Patron de Santo Niño. Catechists will parade along the streets the 12 articles of faith and the logo of the Year of Faith.

In his Pastoral Letter, Cardinal-designate Tagle says that the Year of Faith is an invitation for Catholics “to study again the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church that is its fruit in order to rediscover the vitality of the faith we have inherited.

“Aside from celebrating Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Year of Faith invites us to look closely at the contemporary world, its beauty and wounds.  The continuity of the Church through the ages allows various forms of renewal.  The Church receives, celebrates and lives the faith in different historical settings with their unique demands and challenges,” he said.

The recently concluded  Synod of Bishops convoked by Pope Benedict XVI, the Manila Archbishop said, was meant to reflect on the New Evangelization.  “In a span of fifty years after Vatican II, the world has seen dramatic changes that pose new challenges, even threats, to faith and its transmission.  The Philippines, specifically the area covered by the Archdiocese of Manila, is not exempt.  But we also believe that the contemporary world, especially the youth and the poor, expresses its search for God in ways that the Church must also discover.  Thus the Year of Faith invites us to listen to the deep cries and aspirations of the people and societies of our time so that we can proclaim Jesus Christ to them with new methods, new expressions and new fervor.  It is a year of listening and mission as well.”

The activities for the Year of the Faith, planned and drawn up by the Pastoral Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Manila, will also be presented during the Mass.#