Pope to distribute Arabic-language YouCat during Lebanon trip
The first copies of YOUCAT in Arabic are set to be distributed on Sept. 15 at a meeting of the Holy Father with youth.
Youth meeting coordinator Father Toufic Bou Hadir said the 300-page book “has inspired many of the youth in the Arabic world” — even before its translation into their native tongue.
The priest said some 50,000 youth will participate in the meeting with the Pope and the YouCat will be distributed “as a personal gift from the Pope to all the youth participating in the event, similar to what happened in Madrid last year.”
Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has supported the printing costs of the catechisms in Arabic, having previously helped with the printing of 700,000 copies of YouCat in seven languages for the Madrid World Youth Day in August 2011.
The Arabic edition of YouCat was prepared by a team of translators working under the auspices of the Youth Department of the Maronite Patriarchate in Lebanon. The book was also printed in Lebanon. [More]