Pope Benedict XVI declared the Year of Faith in the Catholic Church on the Golden Jubilee day of Second Vatican council on 11 October 2012. It started with the celebration of Holy Mass at St. Peter’s Square. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was the Chief celebrant. Cardinals, Patriarchs, Major Archbishops and Bishops from different parts of the world concelebrated with the Pontiff, especially from Kerala, His Eminence Cardinal George Alanchery, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, Major Archbishop-Catholicos of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, His Excellency Dr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Kollam, and His Excellency Mar Joseph Kallarangattu Bishop of Pala. His Grace Dr. Thomas Kaliyanil Archbishop of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in Africa, who hails from Kerala, was also among the concelebrants. Seventy Bishops among the participants of the Second Vatican Synod are still alive and out of this, 14 Bishops were present at this historical moment.
The function began with the procession of 400 Bishops who came from the different parts of the world as participants of the Synod. This reminded of the inaugural procession of the Second Vatican Synod represented by 2000 Bishops. After the procession the dedication of the Holy Bible, which was used in the Second Vatican Council, was solemnly done. The Year of Faith will be concluded on 24 November 2013.