Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley delivers his homily during the Oct. 11 to open the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese of Boston. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrated a special Mass Oct. 11 to open the Year of Faith at Bethany Chapel in the Archdiocese of Boston's Pastoral Center.
Declared by Pope Benedict XVI in his October 2011 apostolic letter "Porta Fidei," the Year of Faith is an initiative to reinvigorate Catholic faith through continued conversion in celebration through November 2013.
The date chosen to open the year has special significance in the Church.
"Today, we are united with Pope Benedict XVI, and with all of our brothers and sisters from all over the world as we come together to open this Year of Faith and to mark the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council," the cardinal said in his homily.
The day also marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
"Today is also the feast of Blessed John XXIII. Usually a blessed or saint's feast day is on the anniversary of his death, but when Blessed John was beatified they decided to use this date, the opening of the Council as his feast day and it is such a wonderful tribute to him," the cardinal said. "It's amazing when you think that two of the popes who were involved in the council have been beatified: Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II."