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Vatican unveils YouCat catechism for World Youth Day

April 13, 2011

At an April 13 press conference, Vatican officials introduced YouCat, the catechism for young people produced for World Youth Day.

The pocket-sized youth catechism, presented in a question-and-answer format, is being published in a dozen languages. Young pilgrims attending World Youth Day in Madrid in August will receive a copy, and the Vatican expects to distribute 700,000 copies.

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said that the task of providing young people with sound instruction in the faith is a key aspect of World Youth Day. “It is not enough to make young people dream,” the cardinal said. “It is necessary also to help them grow well-rooted in the rich earth of Christian tradition.”

The formal presentation of YouCat was largely overshadowed by the news that the Italian version of the book contains errors in translation that distort the Church’s teachings on contraception and euthanasia. [See today’s separate CWN news story.]


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