The logo is composed of a square, bordered field
on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is
represented as sailing on a graphically minimal
representation of waves. The main mast of the
boat is a cross from which sails are displayed
in the form of dynamic signs which compose
the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background
to the sails is a sun which, associated with the
trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.
OnThe beginning of the Year of Faith coincides with the anniversaries of two great events which have marked the life of the Church in our days: the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, called by Blessed Pope John XXIII (11 October 1962), and the twentieth of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, given to the Church by Blessed Pope John Paul II (11 October 1992).
The Council, according to Pope John XXIII, wanted “to transmit doctrine, pure and whole, without attenuations or misrepresentations,” in such a way that “this sure and immutable teaching, which must be respected faithfully, is elaborated and presented in a way which corresponds to the needs of our time.” In this regard, the opening words of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium remain of primary importance: “Christ is the Light of nations. Because this is so, this Sacred Synod gathered together in the Holy Spirit eagerly desires, by proclaiming the Gospel to every creature, (cfr. Mk 16:15) to bring the light of Christ to all men, a light brightly visible on the countenance of the Church.” Beginning with the light of Christ, which purifies, illuminates and sanctifies in the celebration of the sacred liturgy (cfr. Constitution, Sacrosanctum Concilium) and with His divine word (cfr. Dogmatic Constitution, Dei Verbum), the Counil wanted to elaborate on the intimate nature of the Church (cfr. Dogmatic Constitution, Lumen gentium) and its relationship with the contemporary world (cfr. Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et spes). Around these four Constitutions, the true pillars of the Council, are arranged the Declarations and Decrees which address some of the major challenges of the day.
In addition the Vatican has surfaced some suggestions for parishes throughout the world to incorporate into their schedules during the Year of Faith so that parishioners would benefit from the global happenings of this year.
“Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ.” --Porta Fidei #2
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
For this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict has encouraged you to study and reflect on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
READ THE CATECHISM IN A YEAR
CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL (A MODERN CATHEDRAL)
THE STRAIT AND NARROW PATH OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION