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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.

SOURCE
Catholic News Service

LINKS
Ratzinger to Prepare Compendium of Catechism (Catholic World News)
Pope approves synthesis of Catechism, sets up work commission (Vatican Information Service)
John Paul II Commissions Publication of a Brief Catechism (Zenit)
Catechism of the Catholic Church (link to online edition)

10 Mar 2003