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Vatican congregation says the Year will focus on Christ and ‘the beauty of having faith in him’

Pope Benedict XVI arrives on a wheeled platform at the Mass on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

The Year will begin on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council

Pilgrims at the World Youth Day closing Mass (Photo: CNS)

What John Allen describes as ‘Evangelical Catholicism’ gives me hope for the future

Photo: CNS

The new vision of liturgical pluralism should now be an integral part of priestly formation

Hans Küng is pictured in his office in Tübingen, Germany, in 2008 (CNS photo/Harald Oppitz, KNA)

Even at Vatican II, he was regarded as ‘incendiary, superficial, and polemical’. The contrast with Pope Benedict XVI is stark

Cardinal Antonio Canizares-Llovera celebrating Mass (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict has said the objective of Conciliar reform was not to change the rite and texts of the liturgy but to renew the sense of Paschal Mystery

John Paul II's greatest achievement was to defend the stable and objective character of Catholic teaching (Photo: CNS)

It will take 100 years to recover from the 1960s and 70s: but John Paul set us back on course

Benedict XVI visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (CNS photo/Patrick Hertzog, Pool via Reuters)

The documents of Vatican II did address Islam in passing, though they seem a little optimistic now

Iesu Communio was approved by Pope Benedict in December last year

The sisters of Iesu Communio are experiencing an ‘explosion’ of vocations

Blessed Pope Pius IX (CNS photo)

Pio Nono’s Syllabus Errorum has had an undeservedly bad press: it is still relevant today