The Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI began on 11 October 2012 and ends on 24 November 2013. The Pope chose October 11th as the start date given two important anniversaries which fall on this day: the 50th of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and the 20th of the promulgation of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The image chosen to celebrate the Year of Faith is a symbolic representation of faith depicted in this oil painting by Raffaello Sanzio dated 1507. The work is housed in the Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums and is one of the predella panels of the "Pala Baglioni" altarpiece. The image is featured in the minisheet consisting of three triptychs.