With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” would begin October 11, 2012 and conclude November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and also the 20th 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.
The Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
This application allows the faithful of the Diocese of Orlando the opportunity to watch videos on how others in central Florida are witnesses to their faith; an option to upload their own witness videos; and a number of Year of Faith resources. Please take some time to watch a video, submit your own video, and learn more about the Year of Faith. Please remember the following when submitting your own video.
■ The Diocese of Orlando has the right to edit any video submitted by any person due to length or for consistency purposes (i.e., opening/closing slides, templates, music, etc.).
■ All videos submitted must be related to the Year of Faith and Catholic faith.
■ Videos must be submitted by persons 18 years and older.
“Model the virtues of your faith so that you might put the word of God into action. This calls us into a radical new integration of our faith and our work, known as the “New Evangelization.” We are all called to do the best possible job while praying for our humble efforts of living out our faith in our daily lives.” ~ Bishop John Noonan