KRAKOW, Poland, July 27, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on Tuesday presented Pope Francis’ “special gift” to the World Youth Day: a mobile app on the Church’s social doctrine.
The Church expanded its footprint in the digital world by making its important documents more accessible to the faithful, especially to young people.
In a press conference, the cardinal said the DOCAT App is the Pope’s gift to the young people since “every WYD is about gifts.”
“The Church wants to spread the Good News using modern means of communication… to set the world on fire by bringing to the world the power of Word of Jesus Christ,” said Tagle.
The app is a project of the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, styled in the same manner as YOUCAT, a 2011 publication that aims to help young people understand the Catechism of the Catholic Church better.
The cardinal said DoCAT is a sequel to YouCat, for young people to study and do acts of justice because “to complete the faith, there is action.”
The app seeks to guide young people in conscience formation and Gospel-based action on social issues such as poverty, labor, environment, peace, among others.
According to the prelate, who is also a member of YouCat International Advisory Board, the rise of complex socio-political issues demands a fresh proclamation of the Gospel.
Like YouCat, the new app is available in different languages including Croatian, Czech, English, German, French, Italian, Filipino, Irish, and 15 Indian languages. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)