Year of Faith

With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

Year of Faith Resources

Porta Fidei

Vatican Year of Faith Site

USCCB Year of Faith Site

Year of Faith 101

Questions and answers regarding the significance and practice of the Year of Faith from the Maryvale Institute.


Catechism of the Catholic Church

Vatican II

Documents of the Second Vatican Council

Other Resources


How to Live the Year of Faith with Young People - PDF (Instituto Fe y Vida)