The Light of Faith

The first encyclical of Pope Francis has been published today, entitled Lumen Fidei, The Light of Faith.

Pope Francis has described this as the work of ‘four hands’, as the first draft of an encyclical on faith had been prepared by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, completing his triptych of encyclicals on the three theological virtues faith, hope and charity. This encyclical has very fittingly been published during the Year of Faith, which marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council.

The full text of the encyclical can be read here.


Pope Francis gives his backing to the Year of Faith


Fr Adrian Graffy, Director of the diocesan Commission for Evangelisation and Formation, reports that Pope Francis has given enthusiastic backing to the Year of Faith. In his address to ecumenical leaders the new Pope described the initiative of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, as ‘truly inspired’. Fr Adrian said: ‘We are delighted that Pope Francis is giving such generous support to the Year of Faith, in which we are celebrating fifty years since the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis speaks of ‘a pilgrimage which is most essential for every Christian: the personal and transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, Son of God, who died and rose for our salvation.’’

Vatican II: St Peter's BasillicaIn this spirit of renewal the Commission for Evangelisation and Formation is proud to announce a series of talks on ‘The Legacy of Vatican II’, which will begin in the summer and end just before the Year of Faith comes to its conclusion on the Solemnity of Christ the King, which falls on Sunday 24th November.

Fr Adrian comments: ‘We have a splendid list of nine eminent speakers, many of them from the diocese. They will help us explore the lesser known aspects of the teaching of the Council, providing a kind of refresher course which is very timely in the Year of Faith and at the beginning of a new pontificate.’ As Pope Francis said: ‘the heart of Vatican II is the desire to announce the treasure of faith to people of today’.

The talks will be held on Thursday evenings at Brentwood Cathedral House conference centre. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. Booking is not necessary. Full details are given on the flyer. For enquires please phone 01277 265289 or email cef [at] dioceseofbrentwood [dot] org

Download a flyer for the Thursday Evening lecture series, ‘The Legacy of Vatican II’

Benedict XVI’s Final Message to the Church

benedictxviIn his final General Audience as Pope, His Holiness Benedict XVI spoke of the call to ‘renew our joyful trust in the Lord’s presence’ during this Year of Faith. As we begin the period of sede vacante, we pray for the church, giving thanks for the ministry of Benedixt XVI and praying for him as he begins ‘the last part of his pilgrimage on earth’.
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Resources for the Year of Faith

The Year of Faith, which begins on October 11th 2012, is an opportunity for all Catholics to strengthen their faith, to reach out to those who have left but still yearn for God in their lives, and offer a response to those who are searching for meaning and help those who think they do not need God. The Year of Faith has particular significance, marking both the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Continue reading