Conclusion of the Year of Faith

Nov 8, 2013 |

Vatican will display relics of St. Peter for first time ever, to mark end of the Year of Faith

Pope Francis visits the Vatican Necropolis below the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

The Vatican announced that, for the first time in history, it will publicly display the relics of St. Peter, the very first Pope and original Bishop of Rome. It will be a unique exhibit to mark the conclusion of the Year of Faith.   

Msgr. Rino Fisichella, President for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, made the announcement in an editorial published in the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano


The Apostle’s remains will leave the Vatican Grotto for the celebrations, but exact details are not yet clear. 


On Thursday, November 21 at 16.45 His Holiness Pope Francis will visit a cloistered monastery in Rome, the Monastery of Camaldolese Nuns of Sant’Antonio Abate, Via S. Sabina, on the Year of Faith’s Day for the Contemplative Life.



The Day for the Contemplative Life (“pro orantibus”) is celebrated each year on November 21st on the occasion of the liturgical Memoria of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


This Day is an invitation to the entire Church to recall how the contemplative life, lived out in silence and away from the hustle and bustle of today’s world, provides the fundamental sustenance to the lives of all the faithful, the missionaries and all of society. Thus, in a special way on this Day, the entire Church is called to join in prayer for these monasteries and their particular needs.


All are asked to spiritually unite themselves for this time of prayer on Thursday November 21, beginning at 16:45 (CET), with Pope Francis and all of the communities of contemplative life from around the world!


On the 23 November, His Holiness will meet with catechumens inside St. Peter’s Basilica.


The Holy Mass for the closing of the Year of Faith will be celebrated on Sunday, November 24, the Solemnity of Christ the King, at 10:30 in St. Peter’s Square.

In order to participate in the Mass, registration is not required, however, it is necessary to have a ticket for entrance into the Square.
Tickets will be distributed, free of charge, beginning on Monday, November 18 at the Pilgrim Welcome Centre located on Via della Conciliazione 7 (for hours of operation see the right side column).

Priests who wish to concelebrate are asked to send an email to containing the following information: First and last name and diocese or community/institute.
Any Bishop wishing to concelebrate is strongly encouraged to inform us of his intention by emailing to the same address,, his name and diocese.


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