Catechism Compendium translation available 31 March

English translations of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Church - including the Australian version - will be released on 31 March.

Fr Michael Goonan of St Paul's Publications says that his organisation will release the 208 page Compendium in both hardcover and paperback editions. He says time zone differences mean that the Australian edition will appear ahead of those in other English-speaking countries including the US.

St Pauls is the authorised publisher of the Australian edition of the work that Pope Benedict XVI has described as "a faithful and sure synthesis of the Catechism of the Catholic Church".

The Holy Father said that it contains, in concise form, "all the essential and fundamental elements of the Church's faith".

Fr Goonan said in a statement released yesterday that the Compendium has three principal characteristics: close reliance on the Catechism; a dialogical format; and the use of artistic images in the catechesis. The work contains 14 religious paintings, reproduced in colour, each with a detailed explanation of its religious significance.

He said he believes Australians buying it locally - rather than through the US - will receive it earlier and more cheaply. The website contains order details (link below).

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to be published in Australia in March (St Paul's 15/2/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Compendium of the Catechism - Online Catalogue (St Paul's)

Bishop commends Catechism Compendium's 'dialogue format' (CathNews 8/9/05)
Pope presents new Compendium of Catholic doctrine (CathNews 29/6/05)
Ratzinger preparing concise version of Catechism (CathNews 28/4/04)

Compendium of the Catechism Available March 31 (Catholic News Agency 8/2/06)
Compendium of Catechism Available March 31 (Zenit 7/2/06)
Introduction of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Sandro Magister: A Catechism for the Culture of the Image (L'Espresso 5/7/05)
Kenyan archbishop urges use of Compendium to Catechism (Catholic World News 13/2/06)
Catholic bishops to release 'Compendium' (Catholic Onlnie 7/2/06)

16 Feb 2006