Pope requests publication of concise Catechism
Following a request by bishops, Pope John Paul II has ordered the preparation of a shorter, simpler official version of the 865-page Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The purpose of the new text will be to present the basics of Catholic faith and morals "in a simple and clear manner" and to serve as a reference point for the preparation of local catechetical materials, the Vatican said on Friday.
The Vatican released a papal letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, authorising him to create a commission, which the cardinal will head, to prepare the new text.
The new Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will "allow people - believers and not - to embrace in one unified glance the entire panorama of the Catholic faith," the pope wrote in the letter, dated 2 February.
Catholic News Service
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Catechism of the Catholic Church (link to online edition)
10 Mar 2003