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Catholics celebrate "Year of Faith" in Albert Lea

Posted at: 10/12/2012 5:23 PM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 5:26 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- Catholics across southeast Minnesota gathered in Albert Lea Friday. It was to celebrate an event handed down by the pope himself.

The next 365 days are going to be big for people of the Catholic faith. It's called the year of Faith. It was declared by Pope Benedict the 16th and it's a time for Catholics to take a deeper look at their religion.      

"It's a worldwide celebration to renew our faith to become re-enthused and perhaps catholics who have been away, to come home again and to live that faith in a more vibrant energetic way. It's a way of saying, lets get out there and do the work of Christ," said Bishop John Quinn.

In the modern world and changing times. Faith is something that, many say, is more important than ever.

"Our Holy Father has identified that the modern world is in a crisis of faith at this time and in order for us to be evangelizers in the world, we need to know who Jesus Christ is ourselves, we need to grow in our own relationship with Him. And then we can take that joy out to the world," said Sister Mariana Koonce.

"To be a Christian to have faith in the world today is really quite a challenge. Many ways we're swimming against a tide, a current, of secularism, consumerism, and also a lack of respect for life. So to be a follower of Jesus, to be someone who lives that faith, means we need to be strengthened," said Bishop Quinn.