"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?
Published in many languages, YouCat, short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, has been developed with the help of young Catholics and written for secondary-school-age students and young adults. YouCat is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes questions and answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from saints, reliable teachers of the faith, and many others. Whats more, YouCat deals with the entire Catholic Faith, as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and is cross-referenced to it so people can go deeper.
- 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)
The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YouCat is certainly the "go-to" place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith.
Christoph Cardinal Schonborn
Christoph Cardinal Schönborn is the Archbishop of Vienna. The renowned theologian was the primary editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Born in 1945, the Dominican was a student of Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. He has written numerous books and articles on faith, including Chance or Purpose?, a study of the theory of evolution and the relationship between faith and science.
"This is a beautiful book, attractively produced and easy to read. But it is more than this! I see this book being to the young people of the world what the Catechism of the Catholic Church was to adults of some 30 years ago, namely a brilliant summary of our faith, translated into easy-to-understand language. The Foreword, written by the Pope himself, is itself a joy to read! The Pope describes how YouCat came about and says that "This book is exciting because it speaks of our own destiny and so deeply engages each one of us". Reading this book and making its teaching part of our own lifestyles will help us be what Christ wants of us, as we follow in his footsteps. Further, as the Pope said when he was with us in the United Kingdom only last year, it will also certainly help us along the way of thinking how best we can be what the Pope wants of us, namely one of the future saints of the 21st century!. "
- Keith Patrick Cardinal OBrien, President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland; Episcopal President of Catholic Youth Service Scotland
"This new Catechism for young people from the CTS is a treasure, and as the bishop of England & Wales with responsibility for ministry among young people, I am delighted to recommend it to all in youth ministry, whether that is outside school or inside. The Popes words in the introduction set the tone of a text that is attractive and at the same time challenging. He speaks of his heartfelt desire that young people should study this, and the abiding image of Pope Benedict in front of Westminster Cathedral with our youth illustrates this beautifully. It is a joy to pick up, delightfully illustrated and so engaging in its words. I am sure it will bear much fruit."
- Rt Rev Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
"This is an attractive and thorough presentation of the Catholic faith, especially in a format that is accessible to young people. It provides a resource for personal study and reflection. It offers a wide range of structured material for school and group work. And it can serve as an excellent basis for the development of a new generation of lay people who will be able to articulate the rich Catholic tapestry of theology and Christian humanism. In the context of Share the Good News (the new National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland), and Called Together, Making a Difference, (the Framework Document for Youth Ministry in Ireland) this is a very welcome publication. I hope that it can help many to rediscover the wisdom and understanding (Deuteronomy 4:6) which characterise those who can bring out from their storeroom things both new and old. (Matthew 13:52)"
- Most Rev Donal McKeown, Chairman of National Committee of Diocesan Youth Directors, Ireland
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 you 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?