Have you ever heard of YOUCAT? It’s the dream of a youth catechism. In short, it is just the simplified version of Catechism of the Catholic Church book, especially made for the youth.
History of Youcat
In 2005 a simple compilation of the complete “catechism of the Catholic Church” was presented in Vienna. Pope John Paul II. had ordered an edition of the complete catechism to become a central teaching book of religion.
During the press conference a lady raised the issue that this compilation of the catechism wasn’t really suited to attract young people – they needed another slightly different version: a “cool” youth catechism. Brilliant idea! But who should create such a catechism? It couldn’t be thought up in an office. They had to find young Catholics who would be keen to join the project.
A group of authors – priests and laymen – were ready to sketch a basic text on the basis of the “catechism of the Catholic Church”. During two summer sessions they worked together with 50 dedicated young people between 15 and 25. They could ask questions and also protest against things they did not understand. The group came up with lot’s of things ranging from the name “YOUCAT” itself to the contribution of their own photos and the idea of adding cartoons. YOUCAT really became a book by young people for young people and their own gift to the Church.
Pope Benedict XVI. himself supported the project from its very beginning. He personally added a very moving foreword in which he encouraged the young believers to make this manual to religion really to their own book.
YOUCAT is full of quotations, references and explanations that help the reader to understand the statements of the Church. The numbers at the end of many explanatory texts point to questions on related topics in YOUCAT. Looking up one after another reveals the versatility and complexity of the Catholic faith. It becomes clear how the different questions are linked to one another.
The primary and fundamental design element is the Y, which consists of small crosses, originating from a workshop of young people who participated in the YOUCAT. Each person painted their favorite cross on a large screen. The result is a collage, which became the basis of design.
Download the free Youcat PDF full version from the link at the beginning of this article. You can see the simplicity of the content as compared to CCC, Catechism of the Catholic Church. Youcat is even described as the only book you need other than the Bible. Start reading it, you will soon see why.
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