Pope Benedict XVI, Vespers at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 2 February 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

“As we know, in vast areas of the world the faith is in danger of being extinguished, like a flame that has lost its fuel. We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of the religious sense, that constitutes the Church’s greatest challenge today. The renewal of faith, then, must be the priority in the work of the whole Church in our time. It is my wish that the Year of Faith contribute, with the cordial collaboration of all of the People of God, to making God present again in this world and to opening to men the way to faith, to entrusting themselves to that God who loved us to the end (cf. John 13:1), in Jesus Christ crucified and risen.”

— Pope Benedict XVI, address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 27 January 2012.

Source: ZENIT: Pope’s Address to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith