» 11/18/2013, 00.00
Pope to end the Year of Faith with Apostolic Exhortation 'Evangelii gaudium'
The document will be presented symbolically to a bishop, a priest and a deacon at the Mass that ends the Year of Faith, a ritual that will see for the first time the public exhibit of the relics of Saint Peter. The other "events" that will bring to a close this period include Pope Francis' visit on Thursday to the monastery of the Camaldolese Nuns on the Aventine Hill, as well as his presence on Saturday at the induction of new catechumens.
City (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis will bring to a close the Year of Faith with the
Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium,
which will be issued on Tuesday, 26 November. On the preceding Sunday, the pope
will consign symbolically the document to a bishop, a priest and a deacon at
the Mass that ends the Year of Faith, a ritual that will, for the first time, include
the public exhibit of Saint Peter's relics. These are two of the three "deeds"
that will mark this important moment. The third one will be an "act of
charity" in favour of the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon
Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New
Evangelisation, illustrated the meaning and timing of the "deeds" ending
the Year of Faith. For him, the three events that will end a time "devoted
entirely to reviving the faith of believers," which "the people of God experienced
with great intensity throughout the whole world".
first will be Pope Francis' visit to the monastery of the Camaldolese Nuns on
the Aventine Hill, on Thursday, 21 November, "A short but significant visit. For
some time, that day has been reserved for the Pro Orantibus: a day, therefore, dedicated to those who chose the cloistered
life as a privileged dedication to a life of prayer and contemplation. This monastery
was chosen because after the Second Vatican Council, its nuns have renewed their
rule, trying to return to the origins of their charisma. According to an
ancient tradition, the first traces of female monastic life in Rome were found on
the Aventine. The pope will pray with the nuns, who in recent years opened their
monastery to others so that they can share the lectio divina and [the food of their] soup kitchen. This fulfils the
dual requirement of faith, which is to discover the richness of God's Word and
share one's table with those who have nothing to eat. "
event is set for the afternoon of Saturday, 23 November, a day dedicated to catechumens,
500 of them from 47 different countries from all five continents, most notably from
Russia, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, China,
Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Cuba. . ."
Francis will meet 35 catechumenate candidates at the entrance of St Peter's
Basilica, where he will ask them the traditional questions associated with the
ritual: "What is your name? What do you ask of God's Church? What does
faith offer you?" For these young people, the sign of the cross on the
foreheads and the reception in the church will be the clear sign of the journey
they will one day undertake to confess in person the faith. "
Christians who often do not live their baptism and for those who keenly feel a
desire for God, this will be a moment of trial to rediscover the newness of the
faith. It will be a sign for all to rediscover the beauty of baptism and the new
life that was given to us in Christ."
about the Mass ending the Year of Faith, Mgr Fisichella said that it was "a
commitment that the Church is called to make. Believing also means getting others
involved in the joy of Christ. The pope's Exhortation must therefore become a
mission entrusted to every baptised person so that he or she may become an
the Pope will deliver his Letter to a bishop, a priest and a deacon, chosen among
the youngest to be ordained, respectively from Latvia, Tanzania and Australia. Religious
men and women will follow as will representatives of every event held during
the Year of the faith: people confirmed,
a seminarian and a novice, a family, catechists, a blind person (to whom the
Pope will give the letter in an audio CD form), young people, [and representatives
of] confraternities and movements. Given the value of their work, Etsuro Sotoo,
a Japanese sculptor who worked on the Sagrada Familia, and Anna Gulak, a young
Polish painter, will represent the artistic community, highlighting the value beauty
has as a privileged tool of evangelisation. Two members of the journalistic
profession will also be present to bear witness to the great work and promotion
carried out by those involved in this service, which is increasingly seen as a
new form of culture that the Church urgently feels it must address and whose
help and support it needs in its work of evangelisation."
though the Year of Faith comes to an end, "the desire to keep alive the
lessons that we have received in recent months continues. Throughout the whole
world, the people of God experienced this moment with great intensity. The fact
that more than eight and a half million pilgrims came to the tomb of Peter to
profess the faith is one of the smaller albeit significant events that will
remain in our memory. It is impossible to describe fully what was experienced
at the local level. Micro initiatives around the world have shown how much alive
and dynamic the faith remains among the faithful, a sign of the piety and
profound religiosity that is present in our people. The moments to remember the
teachings of Vatican II, the catechesis on the faith, various celebrations, examples
of charity, cultural activities of various kind . . . all this remains as a
sign that confirms Christians' commitment in the world. In short, this Year was
truly an experience of grace that we will carry within ourselves with a renewed
sense of gratitude towards the Lord for what he made us experience. We heard stories
that stand as living documents of a faith that can give meaning to life even in
the remotest, poorest, and most grief-stricken places, where Christians are a
small minority. Faith brought us together and allowed us to remind everyone of
the foundation of our belief: the Risen Jesus, hope for a new life."
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