Teaching the faith is a work of evangelisation meant to lead people to a deeper relationship with Jesus and not just impart information, said the updated Directory for Catechesis.
The directory, released by the Vatican on 25th June, lists the goals and essential elements of catechesis and is meant to guide the drafting of national catechisms and catechetical directories that take into account specifics of the local culture and the needs of Catholics at different ages and stages of life.
Previous versions of the directory were approved in 1971 by St Paul VI and in 1997 by St John Paul II.
The directory was released in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French; the English and other translations were still being prepared as of 25th June.
The updated content, according to the foreword, responds specifically to Pope Francis’ 2013 exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), and to the 2012 meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelisation.
Picture: This is the cover of the updated Directory for Catechesis. (CNS photo/USCCB).