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No. 55 • July - December 2012 • Page 372
 •  Initiatives

Santiago and Concepción (Chile) -- In the Year of Faith

At the University of the Andes, the Year of Faith was inaugurated by the “Faith and Humility” conference, directed by the university chaplain, Fr. Sebastian Urruticoechea. Students have also been encouraged to take part in three competitions: short films, essays, and photographs, all referring to the Year of Faith. Thus began a series of special activities that will take place over twelve months, culminating on November 22, 2013.

Under the title “Believing, living and communicating the faith,” on October 22 a colloquium was held at the Alborada University Residence in Santiago. Bernardino Bravo, winner of the National History Prize, spoke about our place in the world and the need for faith. Fr. José Miguel Ibáñez, who worked with then-cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on the International Theological Commission, spoke about faith as a gift. And Jose Miguel Armendariz, a journalist and philosopher, focused on various ways of communicating the faith. The students asked questions and related their own experiences. After a meditation, and benediction with the Blessed Sacrament, the documentary entitled Benedict XVI: the Adventure of Truth was shown.

In the La Cañada University Residence in Concepción, on November 10 a seminar was offered for students and families. Fr. Jaime Andres Williams’ talk was entitled: “Is there a crisis of faith in the Church?” Then Fr. Pablo Siu, chaplain of the residence, addressed the topic: “Vatican II and its fruits.”

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