Lumen Fidei, the first Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis comes at the end of the Year of Faith which has been a great time of activity and reflection on the content and propagation of the Catholic faith.
The Holy Father issues an urgent call to all the faithful "to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim" (Lumen Fidei 4). He continues to express one of the central themes of his Pontificate so far: that the light of faith must not simply "brighten the interior of the Church" but also serve the common good in the family, in society and in all those who suffer.
This encyclical, begun by Pope Benedict XVI and completed by Pope Francis, concludes the trilogy of letters on the three theological virtues begun by Pope Benedict with Deus Caritas Est on love and Spe Salvi on hope.
There will be no Abbey Tour on Thursday 14th December. Christmas Opening: The Abbey Shop will be closed this Friday afternoon 15th December from 12.45pm onwards. We remain open as usual after that until
we close for the Christmas holidays at 4pm on Saturday 23rd December, re-opening on Monday 8th January 2018.
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