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Vatican unveils logo, hymn and calendar for Year of Faith

By on Friday, 22 June 2012

The official Year of Faith logo (CNS)

The official Year of Faith logo (CNS)

The Vatican’s has unveiled the calendar, logo and official hymn for the Year of Faith, which begins with Mass on October 11 in St Peter’s Square.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, said the Pope has invited as concelebrants bishops and theologians who served as members or experts at the Second Vatican Council.

The archbishop said he hoped about 35 Council Fathers would be able to join the presidents of national bishops’ conferences and bishops participating in the world Synod of Bishops in concelebrating the opening Mass.

During a press conference at the Vatican yesterday, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the sheet music for the official hymn for the Year of Faith, “Credo, Domine, Adauge Nobis Fidem” (I believe, Lord, increase our faith).

“I’ll spare you my musical interpretation,” he told reporters, smiling.

He also distributed copies of the official Year of Faith logo and prayer card, which features a mosaic image of Christ from the cathedral in Cefalu, Italy. The Nicene Creed is printed on the back of the cards, with the idea that the profession of faith would become “a daily prayer, learned by heart, as it was in the first centuries of Christianity”, the archbishop said.

Archbishop Fisichella also announced that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments had just approved prayer texts in Latin and Italian for a special “Mass for New Evangelisation.” The archbishop’s office is translating the Latin text into English, Spanish and other languages and hopes to have the congregation’s approval of the translations by the time the Year of Faith opens, he said.

Pope Benedict called the Year of Faith to strengthen Catholics who go to church, reach out to those who have left but still yearn for God in their lives, offer a response to those who are searching for meaning and help those who think they do not need God, he said.

“We are not hiding the fact that there is a crisis of faith, but it is only when one becomes completely aware of a crisis that one can find ways to remedy it,” the archbishop said.

He said the Pope decided it was right to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with a year dedicated to encouraging Catholics to study, profess and demonstrate their faith.

The Vatican launched a website,, containing information about the Year of Faith and the calendar of special events Pope Benedict will celebrate during the year.

Many of the Pope’s traditional appointments, like the celebration marking the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on January 25 and the prayer with religious on February 2, will be incorporated into the Year of Faith.

But other events have been added, including a celebration on April 28, during which the Pope will confirm a group of young people and meet others who recently have been or are about to be confirmed in their home countries.

On June 2, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ in most countries, the Pope will lead the solemn adoration of the Eucharist and is asking every cathedral and parish to have an hour of silent contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament at exactly the same hour, Archbishop Fisichella said.

Two weeks later, on June 16, Pope Benedict will preside over a celebration of the Church’s witness to the dignity and value of every human life, the archbishop said. And on July 7 2013 he meet seminarians and novices in religious orders, who will make a pilgrimage to Rome to demonstrate “the joy of their decision to follow the Lord in serving his Church”.

The cultural events planned, the archbishop said, include a “huge concert” in St Peter’s Square on June 22 2013. Archbishop Fisichella was not ready to reveal the conductor’s name, but he promised it was someone well-known. He said the concert was likely to involve at least two orchestras and three choirs.

The Year of Faith will end on November 24 2013.

  • Matthew Roth

    I have some inkling that it’s supposed to be some kind of ship. But when you can’t tell what it is, the design stinks…

  • oli

    It’s a wonderful design, it has many images in the one main image (a ship, a fish, IHS, the Eucharist, crucifix). I like.

  • Claudia

    Typical 60′s hippie modernist Catholic design; abstract and ugly. I guess its to appease the 60′s VII crowd with a symbol that reminds them of their era. RIP to that era I say.

  • guardian angel

    It would help us to know who among the Council fathers apart from Kung, Ratzinger (Pope BenedictXVI) and Gustavvo Guiterrez is still alive? Who are the other 27 living gentlemen then the author should have enlightened us?

    This Another attempt to distract from the paedophile scandal them?. The latest to fall on his sword is Msgr Lynn of Philadelphia. Taking the blame for Cardinal Rigali. they should just arrest and charge Rigali! He continues to boost on youtube videos that he served 3 Popes. He was the head of the English section of the Vatican Press Office. So flying back and forth from Philadelphia to Rome was more important than disciplining his errant priests. That man has a lot to answer for. And saying the I confess at his priestly ordination is not enough. Cardinal or otherwise they should arrest the man.

    Look what a shambles he has left for Charles Chaput to deal with!

  • Luciana Cuppo

    A cross (?) that can only be defined as such by a boundless stretch of the imagination, some letters (?) vaguely reminiscent of I, H, S, a ship that gives the fish-eye to anyone in sight. Where is Faith?

    Luciana Cuppo

  • Patrick_Hadley

    Is the Year of Faith celebrating the theological virtue of Faith that enables us to believe? Or is it about  the Faith, the truths that we believe: if so then perhaps it should be called the Year of the Faith.

  • born catholic

    Its laughable to have a year of faith 2012-2013. Is this an excuse to raise more money for the Vatican? You mean to say that in years past we had no faith. If we had no faith how did the church survive for 2,000years. Is it the case that from 2014 onwards will we have zero faith?

  • Mark

    You judge a tree by its fruits. Did VII bear good fruits? Certainly not good art as this logo demonstrates.

  • Anon

    A cheering graphic,inexpensive to reproduce. Is anyone planning a crossing of St Patrick’s Channel in a curragh? The new Edinburgh Bishop said the sea was like a millpond during their voyage to the Eucharistic Congress. Porta Fide: hurray!

  • Jae

    Yah blame everyone and every council except you and your church, whatever that is!

  • Jae

    Art is upon the eyes of a beholder, you may like realism but not everybody, cubism by Picasso is a superb example. Did the Councils of Florence and Trent bear bad fruits? That time we lost 70% percent of Europe, right? Massive apostasy, wars, rebellions, persecutions, novel ideas, modernism, liberal doctrines etc, So what do you think?

  • Jae

    Moronic idea, celebrating the year of faith in 2013 doesn’t necessarily mean one is faithless for 2,000 years!

  • Jae

    That is a symbol of Jesus Christ and the ship represents the Ark that is the Church, fishers of men! How about tour artistic idea, sir Matt? Are you afraid it may STINK more?

  • aearon43

    How is it even abstract? It’s obviously a depiction of a boat (the barque of Peter), a cross, and the letters IHS against the sun. That’s not abstraction, if you want to be an “art critic” you might want to understand the definitions of basic terms.

  • Fr. Thomas Poovathinkal


  • Mark

    Jae and aearon: The Council of Trent ended in 1563 as a response to the Protestant Reformation. It initiated the Counter Reformation that regained 60% of what was originally lost to the Reformation ie Prague/Bohemia, Vienna/Austria, Budapest/Hungary, Bavaria/Southern Germany.. Learn some history before trashing this site with your ignorant commentary.

    Beautiful  Baroque music (ie Vivaldi) and Baroque art (ie St. Peters Basilica) where direct consequences of this council. The logo here is asymmetrical and ugly like Andy Warhol’s 60′s art because the drugged out tatstes of 60s hippies (like yourselves) are poor.

  • Tim

    Maybe it tries to do too many things at once – boat, fish, monogram, host, cross. To work in different formats/media at different sizes the simpler the better but on the whole I think it’s ok – it’s a logo remember not an illustration.  

  • Deesis

    Groovy baby! Yeahhh. Do I make you Catholic baby! I am sorry that logo does not work for me. Do I have to look at it with one eye and imagine? Or do I sing “Imagine”! Artistically I would rather be 500 years out of dated than 50… It just SCREAMS …..Let’s “celebrate” being 50 years out of date! Why not use the  Hieronymus Bosch Ship of Fools altarpiece.It remains very relevant. Perahps a modern artist could update it for us putting the faces of all those cafeteria Catholics who don’t like whats on the ships menu!

  • Sweetjae

    Mark, I knew already what you were saying, the point I’m rather making is the
    garbage you put in here by saying that VII is to blame for the so called “bad
    fruits” thus ushered in apostasy amongst the faithful catholics. In the same way
    during the time of the Councils of  Florence which promulgated the doctirnes of
    Purgatory and Indulgences some people protested and labelled them as novel and
    modernist ideas that steered the protestant thinking to the Council Trent which
    also had been labelled  as producing the same novel ideas of “Baptism by Desire”
    against the Extra Nulla etc. So do you think these Councils are to blame for
    massive apostasy, religious wars that ensued, tortured, pillage etc within
    Christendom? Did these Councils ushered in “Baddest fruits” of all time which
    was Martin Luther and Protestantism? Did these Councils were responsible for the
    massive apostacy of Europe from the Catholic Faith (70% actually was lost) at
    that time?

    Unless you are a proto-protestant!

    I have not in any point in my life taken any drug, so I really don’t know what you were trying to say about being “drugged”. Jjust only by liking the works of Picasso and Warhol  doesn’t necessarily follows an admirer has been “drugged”. Your logic is astounding dim witted, dull and brainless.

  • Elizabeth

    The council of Trent came 40 years after the Protestant Reformation so one can’t blame it for something that happened 40 years before.

    The only point I got from the previous post is that lousy church art did come after VII; there is no mention of doctrine at all.  Your lack of knowledge of simple historic chronology and lack of attention to what people are actually posting is lamentable.

  • Jae

    Did you see my post? I did mention the Council fo Florence did I? Anyways, my point still stands and I pretty much know the mentality coming from people like you and mark (traditionalists-SSPX, Sedes etc) always blaming a valid Council like VII for everything under the sun. Of course Trent was convened to counter the reformation 40 or so years later, the point I’m making is even that didn’t really stop the Protestant movement that took 70 percent of Europe at the end. Moreso, the traditionalists claim that VII ushered in massive apostasy and lost of faith, then why not blame Florence and Trent which actually proved to be much worse in terms of the numbers of apostates, right? Do you even get my point or your lack of common sense impeded you to comprehend it?

  • Jae

    The reason I said what I said was based on the assumption that mark here is a ‘traditionalist’ in the sense of the groups I mentioned but not the Traditionalists who are in full communion with Rome.

    Be that as it may, what was the cause of massive apostasy during the between the time of Florence and Trent?

    Then 500 years fast forward, what was the cause of massive secularization before and after VII? Were the Councils to blame? Why do the traditionalists put the blame to VII yet they let slide Florence and Trent?

    I ask anybody from ‘traditionalist’ movement to give a reasonable answer without committing the logical fallacy of post ad hoc.

  • Parasum

    “The Vatican’s has unveiled the calendar, logo and official hymn for the Year of Faith, which begins with Mass on October 11 in St Peter’s Square.”## We had the “New Pentecost” unloosed by Vatican II – so what mayhem is the “Year of Faith” meant to cause ? :) One does wonder. Why can’t Them Up Top just leave well alone, stop their fidgetting, & let the normal people in the Church alone, instead of looking for things to meddle with ? The sail on that emblem can with a lot of imagination be read as IHS. The rest of the emblem looks like the Blue Peter ship after being left out in the sun and put through a vice. The emblem looks like like something from the “Good News Bible”. 

  • Parasum

    Picasso was a rotten artist. And a lot of post-Reformation art is sensual, worldly, & immoral, and thus profoundly anti-Christian – especially the semi-pagan ghastliness perpetrated by Michelangelo. There is no excuse for immoral art to be be found in the Church – least of all in its churches.

  • Guest

    How about announcing the arrest of paedophile priests? How about announcing full co-operation with law enforcement agencies to bring these disgusting perverts to justice?

  • Parasum

    “It would help us to know who among the Council fathers apart from Kung,
    Ratzinger (Pope BenedictXVI) and Gustavvo Guiterrez is still alive? Who
    are the other 27 living gentlemen then the author should have enlightened us?”

    ## This should answer that question:

    I’m amazed there are any bishops surviving – after all, the Pope was only a *peritus*, yet he is 85.  FWIW, Fathers Curran & Kung (& Ratzinger, as he was then) don’t really count – they were not bishops. And “Council fathers”, at least in the past, has meant “bishops attending a Council (who were bishops when they did so)”. If one includes Vatican II *periti*, that may swell the numbers. Almost 80 bishops are listed.

    Some of those named will probably no longer be among us: Abp. Tsiahoana has died, as clicking his tag-*cum*-name shows.  What the list does not make entirely clear, is whether they were all bishops at the time of the Council. The “Catholic Hierarchy” website would presumably confirm whether or not they were:

    From the end of the “In Caelo”page:

    “It will be interesting to see at least some of the former movers and shakers of the Church launch a new effort of evangelisation and catechesis across the world.”

    ## (1) I thought JP2 launched the NE in or by 1995; (2) Maybe “moving & shaking” is a current problem, not a solution. Train-wrecks are no doubt interesting – but, desirable ?

  • Jae

    I strongly disagree with you, yes there are immoral arts but to categorize Picasso and Michaelangelo’s works with it is outright bias, no taste, uncultured and unwarranted.

  • Parasum

    “the garbage you put in here by saying that VII is to blame for the so called “bad fruits” thus ushered in apostasy amongst the faithful catholics.”

    ## There are no bad fruits of Vatican II ?

    Unless you are a proto-protestant!”

    ## There is nothing distinctively Protestant in objecting to crazy or bad stuff (or even stuff that is neither) in the CC. Muslims & atheists are not Catholics either – it does not follow that either (or both) are Protestants. Protestantism is two things – negatively: a “protest against” certain things in the CC – & positively, a “bearing witness” (the meaning of *pro-testari*) on behalf of certain Christian truths, regardless of whether or not Rome (or any other body) holds them.

    Even if the CC (say) placed a lot of emphasis on (say) the priesthood of all believers in Christ (and though it does not deny, but affirms it, this NT reality – it is not a mere notional truth for the mind, but a great fact of living in Christ -  is not exactly prominent in the CC), that would not mean Protestantism could shut up about it. Because the *positive witness* of Protestantism, is measured, not by what the CC is, but What & Who Christ is. So the *negative protest*, though not unimportant, is not what defines Protestantism. The historical fact that the Reformation began a “protest against” certain features of the CC’s life, is what Catholics tend to notice – but the “protest against” had as its other side a positive “bearing witness to” – & it is this positive aspect that makes Protestantism independent of Catholicism. It does not need to rely on the flaws of Catholicism in order to justify its own existence; it is not a parasite, that can exist only so long as the abuses that were the historical occasion for its birth still exist. That is why, despite V2 And All That, it still exists.

    Protestantism is not primarily a party label – it is before all else a way of being Christian – that, of being “held by God”. Only after that is it an organised society – IOW, the first, ex-Catholic, Reformers were (from one POV) Protestant in outlook before they were Protestants visibly. What is inside the person, takes priority over the forming of visible Churches: the Catholic understanding of the Church works in the opposite direction. It can be said that for Catholicism, the validity of the Church ensures the validity of the Faith; whereas for Protestantism, a visible Church is valid so long as it is true to the Faith. The contrast is not entirely accurate, but there is truth in it.

    A lot of US Protestants would find this stuff alien – but Protestantism should be understood from what its most arrticulate & thoughtful representatives say. A Catholic *mestizo* might be an excellent Catholic, but for an understanding of what & why Catholicism is & does, one should enquire of those who have spent their lives thinking of such matters. Sources for the above:

    Both are from the mid-50s, but I don’t think the changes since then invalidate their insights.

  • Warren

    Note aside… concerning art and the beholder. Art possesses objective merit apart what people can or cannot perceive. We may perceive artfulness, or we may miss it depending on how informed we are. French people can, presumably, read French. Art is a little trickier but no less verifiable as art if we possess the ability, trained or intuitive, to distinguish between art and something less than art. Taste is another matter, if by “taste” we mean preference. De gustibus non est disputandum.
    Aristotle produced a work entitled “Poetics” concerned with the True, the Good and the Beautiful. There are many other meritorious works concerned with aesthetics (i.e., the philosophy of aesthetics). Google the topic.In these relativism-filled days, it’s difficult to convince moderns that art possesses objective merit which distinguishes it, i.e., art, from something less than art, that stuff  my philosophy prof used to refer to as “gart”. Part of the problem is that many, if not most people are unwilling to learn about art and how to distinguish between art of low merit and art of high artistic merit. Artistic merit, my friends, is not in the eye of the beholder. Artistic merit is measurable, though perhaps not in the same way as speed and distance are measurable.Likewise, music. Good music, or more accurately music, can be distinguished from bad music (not that there is such a thing as bad music. Anything less than music is simply not music. Please call “non-music” something else.) just as art can be distinguished from non-art. Counterpoint, for example, is either effective or defective. Just ask any first year music student who must produce a composition employing 4th species counterpoint. It works or it doesn’t work according to the compositional language being employed. If one wants to compare different compositional languages, then things get a little more complicated. I.e., comparing a well composed fugue to a well composed pop ditty. Or, to put it another way, Bach vs Marty Haugen. Bach produced music of the highest artistic merit. Haugen has yet to produce anything equal to the compositional technique of Bach or Mozart or Mendelssohn or Palestrina or MacMillan or Kevin Allen or… .

  • Jae

    Geesh, a lot of cognitive dissonance you put in here, better let the doctor check your brain mate! The POINT of my argument still stands. Parasum you dont seem to grasp the crux of the argument. Protestants by relying on their abilities to interpret “Scripture alone” apart from the Magisterial Authority of the Church, same as ‘traditionalist’ Catholics by relying on their abilities to interpret “Tradition alone” apart from the Magisterial Authority of the Church. The only difference is the object of protest but they are similar of private judgment. Anybody outside the realm of the See of Peter is just another protestant sect however pious they are.

    Anyways, there were a lot of protesters claiming the doctrines of purgatory and indulgences by the Council of Florence as “novel ideas” which ushered in “bad fruits” leading to the Council of Trent that resulted in mass apostasy from the Catholic faith, so WHY did you,SSPX, Conclavists and Sedes let these Councils slide not VII?

  • Jae

    Furthermore, the bad fruits of VII that you, SSPX and Sedes are accusing the Council of are actually the sins of the corrupt liberal, modernist clergy that twisted the Teachings of VII to advance their agendas NOT IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE TEACHINGS OF VII, do you guys get it? Man, grow up, if we are going to follow your logic then Martin Luther and the protestant movement (traditionalist movement as well) must had been right all along!

  • Jae

    Another superb blabbering, dim witted!

  • Gnpeppin

    Nice to get the latest information

  • Benedict Carter

    You are it seems entirely ignorant of the Vatican II Council you constantly trumpet here. It’s documents are littered with innovations, vague formulations and “time bombs” which were then enacted immediately afterwards. 

    Mark is right: you trash this site with your ignorance. 

  • Benedict Carter

    “We are not hiding the fact that there is a crisis of faith, but it is only when one becomes completely aware of a crisis that one can find ways to remedy it,” the archbishop said.
    He’s right of course per se. 

    The Hierarchy as yet though show no sign of having come to any understanding of the nature of the crisis.

    It is fundamentally doctrinal and the erosion and destruction will continue until the “diabolical disorientation” Our Lady told Sr. Lucia of Fatima would afflict the Hierarchy lifts away from their minds like a mist, and they see the reality of their own Apostasy.

  • AnimaChristi

    I totally agree with you Elizabeth.  Lousy church art did come after VII, largely because it had to be seen to be in accord with the social climate of the time.  It had to be seen to be ‘hip’, so as to present the Holy Mother Church as ‘cool’ and people-friendly.  That said, the logo is a strong piece of design, and perhaps the blurring of elements may be said to highlight the need to make a critical appraisal of the effects of VII.  It is interesting to note that the Feast of Corpus et Sanguis Christi is to be marked with an hour’s adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  This would do a lot of people, including some of the people posting here a lot of good.  Reverence, reflection and contemplation are often more beneficial than ‘celebration’.  I would dearly love to see a return to the Holy Mass being a truly solemn acknowledgement of Christ’s suffering for us, and the strength and grace we obtain from this through the power of the Holy Spirit.  I would also welcome weekly Benediction on Sunday evening.  If that makes me guilty of heresy/apostasy, then I am strong enough to stand my corner.  Bring back the old order, The One True Mother Church needs it.

  • Benedict Carter

    About the logo to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II: I should think a skull & crossbones flag would be more appropriate.

  • Hermit

    IHS: When I ask someone to give me the meaning of IHS, I rarely have the right answer. I H S are the first three letters of the Greek word for Jesus, namely IESOUS. So why is it IHS and not IES? The reason is that in Greek we have two ‘e’s, short and long, and so two capital ‘E’s, short and long. The capital short ‘e’ is E, while the capital long ‘e’ is written in Greek ‘H’. And the second letter of the word Jesus in Greek is long; so it is written ‘H’.

    One can look up the Greek alphabeth and can have a clearer view of what I am saying.

  • TruthBeTold

     The True SON.

  • Benedict Carter

    It is derived from the Greek word IHSOUS (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ) for Jesus, or refers to Iesus Hominum Salvator, Jesus Saviour of Mankind, representing the Holy Name.

  • Parasum

     OK =- so please identify the “cognitive dissonance”. 

  • Parasum

     It recalls the emblem for the 2012 Olympic Games. Maybe the Vatican could also borrow the Wenlock and Mandeville:

  • ishan

    who designed the logo?