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Vatican Presents New Summary of Roman Catholic Teachings

Pope Benedict XVI gives a copy of the new version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to a lay couple
Pope Benedict XVI has presided over a ceremony in which he released a short summary of the Roman Catholic Church's Catechism, a collection of the faith's major teachings.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church presents the Church's teachings on a vast array of subjects, from the 10 Commandments to abortion.

At 205 pages, the newly pared-down version is written in a question-and-answer format. Available in pocket-size, it is meant to be more accessible for the world's Roman Catholics.

The compilation is not a new Catechism and does not present a watered down version of teachings.

Pope John Paul II had asked the present pontiff, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to prepare this shorter compilation two years ago.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.