ucanews.com reporter, KrakowUpdated: July 28, 2016 10:21 AM GMT
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila launches DOCAT, a mobile app that will enable young people to have an easy access to documents on the church's social teachings in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Roy Lagarde/CBCP News)
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila presented a "special gift" to World Youth Day pilgrims this week.
The Filipino prelate introduced DOCAT, a mobile app that will enable young people to have an easy access to documents on the church's social teachings.
DOCAT, a popular adaptation of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church that draws on Scripture, features a foreword by Pope Francis.
The app allows readers to start groups and participate in discussions.
Cardinal Tagle said the DOCAT App is Pope Francis' gift to young people.
"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 the word of Jesus Christ," said Cardinal Tagle.
The app is a project of the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church designed after YOUCAT, a 2011 publication that aims to help young people understand the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Tagle said DOCAT is a sequel to YOUCAT and will help guide the youth in conscience formation and Gospel-based action on social issues such as poverty, labor, environment, peace, among others.
Earlier in the week, Cardinal Tagle said this gathering of young people in Poland for the World Youth Day celebrations should be an instrument of unity.
The prelate said young people are a mirror of the present world that is "wounded, afraid, insecure, and very much confused."
"Among the youth I see a longing for love, a longing to be accepted, a longing to give love," said Cardinal Tagle. "Isn't that what the human race is all about?"
The cardinal said World Youth Day is not just about the youth "but about our common humanity which the young people force us to see."
"We hope that all of us who are no longer young could face the world by facing and loving the youth," said the Filipino prelate.
Some 2 million young people, about 50 cardinals, 800 bishops, and 20,000 priests from around the world are attending the event in Krakow from July 26 to 31.