6,000 Copies of YOUCAT in Swahili for Tanzania and Kenya
The YOUCAT is a catechism for teenagers and young adults based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The fundamental elements of the Catholic faith are summarized in a brief and easily comprehensible style, and they are made still more accessible by illustrations. The YOUCAT exists today in 58 different languages, including Swahili, for the young people of Tanzania and Kenya.
The book’s translation into Swahili was completed in 2019, by the Sisters of Saint Paul. Then the pandemic struck, making distribution of the text much harder. The Sisters had great plans: they had intended to visit schools and to present the book to students, parents, and teachers. Youth meetings had been arranged, as well as numerous other activities within the context of the diocesan youth apostolates. Sadly, all these activities were blocked by the coronavirus outbreak.
Now, as soon as the situation allows, the Sisters are committed to resuming their work with the project. And despite the present obstacles, many young people have already enjoyed the benefits of the book. It is proving particularly valuable in the prison apostolate. Sister Olga Massango, one of the Paulist Sisters, writes: “Brother Linus and Brother Paul were delighted with these books and have found them very helpful for our sisters and brothers in the prisons. We are grateful to ACN for having helped us to reach out to those of our brothers and sisters who most need God‘s mercy.”
Thanks to your generous support, ACN provided $16,200 for the printing of 6,000 copies of the Swahili translation.
To our donors, Sister Massango said: “Please be assured that we are praying for you and all our benefactors, especially at this time, when COVID is continuing to spread fear and uncertainty in today‘s world.”
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