Vatican plans for Year of Faith include hymn, Mass, packed calendar
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a hymn and a prayer, Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella presented the Vatican's initial calendar of events for the Year of Faith, which begins with a Mass Oct. 11 in St. Peter's Square. Archbishop Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said the pope has invited as concelebrants bishops and theologians who, like the pontiff, served as members or experts at the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council.
The archbishop said he hoped about 35 'council fathers' would be able to join the presidents of national bishops' conferences and bishops participating in the world Synod of Bishops in concelebrating the opening Mass. During a news conference at the Vatican June 21, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the sheet music for the official hymn for the Year of Faith, 'Credo, Domine, Adauge Nobis Fidem' (I believe, Lord, increase our faith). 'I'll spare you my musical interpretation,' he told reporters, smiling.
He also distributed copies of the official Year of Faith logo and prayer card, which features a mosaic image of Christ from the cathedral in Cefalu, Italy. The Nicene Creed is printed on the back of the cards, with the idea that the profession of faith would become 'a daily prayer, learned by heart, as it was in the first centuries of Christianity,' the archbishop said.