Solemn closure of the "Year of Faith" by Pope Francis in Saint Peter in the Vatican, November 24, 2013.
On Sunday, November 24th, 2013, Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the Holy Father Pope Francis has closed the Year of Faith with the celebration of the Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square of the Vatican. We thank God for all the fruits of this celebration, which were surely many.
In his homily (you can read it here), the Holy Father thanked his predecessor, Benedict XVI, "this providential initiative", that "has given us the opportunity to discover the beauty of this path of faith that began the day of our baptism, that has made us children of God and brothers in the Church".
At the end of the eucharistic celebration, Pope Francis gave to some faithful, as representatives of the whole People of God, the Apostolic Exhortation "Evangelii gaudium”, which whill be published this same week.
Those of you who have followed the weekly suggestions on how to live the Year of Faith have had the opportunity to read, little by little, all the Catechism of the Catholic Church, all the Vatican II documents, John Paul II’s encyclical “Fides et Ratio” about the faith, the Apostolic Letter “Porta Fidei” with which Benedict XVI announced the Year of Faith, and Francesco’s encyclical “Lumen Fidei” about the faith. In addition, we’ve read and meditated on many other texts of Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church, and read lifes and examples of many saints, and have made an effort to grow in virtue and in union with God through concrete resolutions and invocations, and we’ve prayed with the entire Church and for the Church.
All of this cannot be fruitless. The Lord has given us much and He himself says, “to whom much is given, much will be asked,” and also, “You recieved without pay, give without pay.” Let us not throw away all this, but let us place all the talents we’ve received, with encouragement and enthusiasm, at the service of God and of evangelization, to bring all men to Him.
May the Lord bless you all and may all your life be an uninterrupted Year of Faith.