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Salesian Presents DOCAT on the day of its Release in India


By Bastin Nellissery
Bangalore, Aug. 30. The DOCAT, youth-friendly adaptation of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a summary of the Social Teachings of the Church, was released officially for India and other Asian Countries in Bangalore on 27 August 2016. Before its release, Father Gilbert Choondal sdb, introduced the DOCAT in an audio-visual format to the invited guests of Bangalore consisting of bishops, priests, heads of Institutes and Religious congregations, and Lay animators. The DOCAT was officially released during the World Youth Day in Poland. The Asian edition of the DOCAT was published by Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore. The programme was organised in the hall of Grand McGrath Hotel.
DOCAT is a social catechism. ''DO'' comes from the verb, to do whereas ''CAT'' stands for catechism. Apart from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, insights from the two social encyclicals of Benedict XVI (Deus Caritas Est and Caritas in Veritate) and the encyclical of Pope Francis (Laudato Si) have been incorporated in this youth-friendly catechism. Written in resonance with the style of Youcat, this Docat has been published by the Austrian Bishops' Conference and approved by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. Speaking on the occasion of its release in Bangalore, Father Gilbert said that this youth catechism is not just for learning or discussing on social topics but lead every young Catholic to action. ''DOCAT demands that we change ourselves and our surroundings,'' said Fr. Gilbert while presenting the book, DOCAT. Pope Francis has written an inspirational Introduction to the Docat. He repeatedly challenges young Christians to become actively involved in working for greater justice in the world: ''I wish I had a million young Christians or, even better, a whole generation who are for their contemporaries walking, talking social doctrine.'' Archbishop Bernard Moras, while releasing the DOCAT in the presence of Bishop Peter Machado, said, ''we need to bring the YOUCAT and DOCAT to every Christian youth.'' He appreciated ATC for undertaking translations of DOCAT in 15 Indian languages.
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