Washington D.C., Nov 1, 2012 / 08:49 am
To encourage believers during the Year of Faith, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a reflection on the Catechism as a faith resource that is universal in nature, as well as a call to prayer.
"The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the first book of its kind in 450 years," said
Alissa Thorell, catechism specialist for the conference's Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis.
She described the Catechism as "an effort by the world's bishops to convey the content of the Catholic faith to the whole Church and the whole world."
After the Second Vatican Council, which was held from 1962-65, "it was important for the Church to present its teachings for Catholics living in the modern world," she said.