“Many people say to me: The youth of today are not interested in this. I disagree, and I am certain that I am right. The youth of today are not as superficial as some think. They want to know what life is all about….This book is exciting because it speaks of our own destiny and so deeply engages every one of us.” – Pope Benedict XVI
What does the Catholic Church teach and why? For young people today with questions about Catholicism, YOUCAT has the answers. Now the bestselling Catholic book in the world, YOUCAT is the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, developed with the help of young Catholics and written for secondary-school-age students and young adults.
Using clear question-and-answer format, YOUCAT offers up the entirety of the Catholic Faith, as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in an accessible and contemporary way. This is supplemented with highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible and Catechism citations, and thought-provoking quotes from saints, reliable teachers of the faith, and many others. With direct and honest questions – even at times tough – and accompanied by straightforward, relevant, and compelling answers, YOUCAT is the place for young people to go to learn the truth about the Faith.
It explains: • What Catholics believe and why (doctrine) • How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments) • How Catholics are to live (moral life) • How Catholics should pray (prayer and spirituality)
From the Foreword by Pope Benedict XVI: “Study this Catechism! That is my heartfelt desire. This catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life. It places before you the Gospel message as the ‘pearl of great value’ (Mt 13:45) for which you must give everything. So I beg you: Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of your time for it! Study it in the quiet of your room; read it with a friend; form study groups and networks; share with each other on the Internet. By all means, continue to talk with each other about your faith…” – Pope Benedict XVI