Vatican officials to mark Year of Faith in Peru

Lima, Peru, Jun 19, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura, Peru announced that Vatican officials plan to attend the country's International Theological Congress, held in honor of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith.

In a statement sent to CNA, the Archdiocese of Piura said the event, titled “Rooted in the Faith, Be Strong,” will take place Sept. 27-30 and will be attended by the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Antonio Canizares.

Other attendees will include the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Dr. Guzman Carriquiry Lecour, and Bishop Eduardo Maria Taussig of San Rafael in Argentina and president of the Argentinean bishop’s Committee on Campus Ministry.

The congress will be held at the Don Bosco Salesian School Auditorium in Piura and will focus on strengthening the faith and sharing the spiritual richness of the faithful in Peru.

Archbishop Eguren will inaugurate the event, while the closing Mass will be celebrated on September 30 by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima. The Mass will commemorate the 480th anniversary of the founding of San Miguel de Piura, the first colony established by Spain in Peru.

A portion of the registration fees for the event will donated to the renovation of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercies in the town of Paita.

The Pope's Year of Faith will begin on Oct. 11, 2012, which is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. It will conclude on Nov. 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Guidelines issued by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explain that the Year of Faith is an opportunity for the faithful to grow in their knowledge about the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism.

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