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Pope Francis encourages Catholics to celebrate the Year of Faith initiated by his predecessor,
Pope Benedict XVI. This special year began on October 11, 2012 and concludes November 24, 2013.
The Year of Faith is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to
the Lord, the One Savior of the world" (Porta Fidei). In other words, the Year of Faith
is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and
enter into a deeper relationship with him. The "door of faith" is opened at one’s baptism,
but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and
rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church. ~ USCCB
he Year of Faith 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.