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Release of apostolic exhortation will mark conclusion of Year of Faith

Catholic World News - November 18, 2013

More than 8 million pilgrims have visited the Vatican to pray at the tomb of St. Peter during the Year of Faith.

At a November 18 press conference outlining plans for the final events of the Year of Faith, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, said that the Church hopes to “keep alive the teaching we have received during these months.”

The final events of the Year of Faith will include a special day for contemplative life on November 21 and a meeting of the Pope with more than 500 catechumens from 47 different countries on November 23. The Year of Faith will formally conclude with a Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, November 24, the feast of Christ the King, with Pope Francis presiding.

At that closing Mass, the Pope will release his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Ordinarily an apostolic exhortation summarizes the themes of a Synod of Bishops, and the October 2012 meeting of the Synod was devoted to the new evangelization. However, Pope Francis announced in June that he would issue a document reflecting on evangelization in general, putting the themes of the Synod into a “wider framework.”

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