Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith is slated to begin on October 11 and continue
through November 24, 2013. It will serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the Second Vatican Council. The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith has said the period is also intended to contribute to a renewed conversion
to Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith.
The Year of Faith could also be the backdrop for a couple of other major events
in the history of the Church. A former head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the
Cause of Saints says Pope Benedict XVI could beatify his predecessors Pope
John Paul I and Pope Paul VI.
After the beatification of John Paul II in May of 2011, Pope Benedict’s possible
beatifications of John Paul I and Paul VI would be the first time in history that a
Pope has beatified three of his predecessors.
For more on this, our Liz Faublas spoke with Father James Martin, author of “My
Life With the Saints.”
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