The Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI begins on 11 October 2012 and ends on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. 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. In his Apostolic Letter "Porta Fidei" the Holy Father highlights some of the shining examples of faith over two thousand years of Christianity. By faith, Mary accepted the Angel’s word, the Apostles left everything to follow their Master, the disciples formed the first community, the martyrs gave their lives... Men and women in every part of the world dedicate their daily lives to Christ and witness to their faith in the Lord Jesus in the family, in public life, in carrying out the activities and ministries to which they are called. It is a year to be marked by reflection and especially a renewed effort of evangelization so that all Church members may give witness to the living Christ and show others the way to faith. The commemorative images are a representation of the faith featuring the symbols of Christianity: the Cross, the Eucharist and the Bible. The work is by Orietta Rossi and marks the first 200 Euro gold coin ever produced in the history of Vatican City State.