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Christ is the centre

· The Bishop of Rome concludes the Year of Faith venerating St Peter's relics ·

Thoughts of gratitude and affection to Pope Benedict XVI who called for the initiative

Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year of Faith on 11 October 2012, presenting it as “a pilgrimage in the deserts of today's world”. Pope Francis concluded the Year yesterday, Sunday, 24 November, in St Peter's Square, reiterating that the final goal of that pilgrimage is “our full encounter with God”. The celebration was perhaps one of the most important treasures of the Year of Faith. It is no coincidence that Pope Francis referred to his predecessor at the beginning of his homily, “to whom”, he said, “our thoughts now turn with affection and gratitude for this gift which he has given us”.

He recalled an element that the two undoubtedly share in their teaching: the centrality of Christ. “Christ is the centre of creation, Christ is the centre of his people and Christ is the centre of history”. A goal that was revived throughout this year full of celebrations and one achieved through listening, encountering and journeying. He recommended that the 500 catechumens, whom he met Saturday afternoon, 23 November, focus their Christian mission on these three pillars.

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