Through thick and thin: Pope urges youths to read the Bible

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December 3, 2015

A note introduces the Book of Genesis in the illustrated "Youth Bible for the Catholic Church." The Bible study guide includes a preface by Pope Francis, who write about his treasured old, "beat up" Bible and explains to young people how he prays with it. The guide was released by the Germany-based Katholisches Bibelwerk and the YouCat Foundation. Other language versions are expected in 2016. (CNS) See POPE-YOUTHS-BIBLE Dec. 3, 2015.

A note introduces the Book of Genesis in the illustrated “Youth Bible for the Catholic Church.” The Bible study guide includes a preface by Pope Francis, who write about his treasured old, “beat up” Bible and explains to young people how he prays with it. The guide was released by the Germany-based Katholisches Bibelwerk and the YouCat Foundation. Other language versions are expected in 2016. (CNS)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said his Bible is old, beat up and worth more to him than anything money can buy.

“If you saw my Bible, you would not be impressed,” he wrote to young people. “You’d say, ‘What? This is the pope’s Bible? A book so old, so beat up?’ You might even want to give me a gift of a new one, something that costs 1,000 euro. But I don’t want it.”

Pope Francis wrote about his Bible and his Bible-reading habits in the preface to the German-language study guide, “Youth Bible for the Catholic Church.” It was released in late October by the Germany-based Katholisches Bibelwerk and the YouCat Foundation. Other language versions are expected in 2016.

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