Our confrères José Manuel Sabença, Joseph Shio, Richard Sum, Jean-Marie Bassok and Joseph Shayo were happy to participate in the Opening Mass in Rome and to receive the blessing of the Holy Father.

Fifty years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council and twenty years since the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the solemn Inaugural Mass of the Year of Faith, which will last from 11th October 2012 to November 2013.


St. Peter’s Square, Rome. Thursday, 11th October 2012. Thousands of pilgrims and members of the faithful participated in the Mass which marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the Solemn Inauguration of the Year of Faith.

 At exactly 10.00 a.m., the note for the celebration was sounded by the great organ and the trumpets. The procession began to move from within the Basilica towards the centre of the Square. A deacon, carrying the Book of the Gospels, preceded by the processional cross, led the procession. One could see the bishops and cardinals, vested in chasubles, walking in the procession. Then the popemobile made its entry. It moved at walking pace through the aisles. Standing, the Holy Father gave his blessing to the faithful. Cameras were busy capturing these moments for posterity. After having incensed the altar, the Pope moved to the Chair for the beginning of the celebration. The Mass was celebrated for the most part in Latin, although the Readings, the Psalm and the Prayers of the Faithful were in different languages.

In his homily, which was given mostly in Italian, the Pope stressed that “the Church wishes to continually deepen its awareness of the Deposit of Faith which has been entrusted to it by Christ.’ At the end of the Holy Father’s homily, the crowd was invited to spend a few moments in silent reflection. Then the Mass resumed according to the customary rites. The Mass concluded at 12.15 p.m. with the Pope being greeted by the crowds as he made his way through the aisles of St. Peter’s Square.

Let us not forget that on 11th October 2011, Pope Benedict XVI wrote an Apostolic Letter, “Gateway to the Faith” to promulgate a Year of Faith which began on 11th October 2012. This Year will conclude on the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, 24th November 2013. The pope wishes to underline “the strength and the beauty of the faith”, the grace of the Second Vatican Council and the important contribution of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as ways of bringing about “a new evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian Faith”. This is the theme of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2012.”

Gaston Temgoua, Rome. (Photos: Richard Sum).

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