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Pakistani church completes Urdu translation of catechism

Book will help Muslims learn about Catholic faith, priest says

Pakistani church completes Urdu translation of catechism

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Published: March 11, 2016 05:50 AM GMT

A Vatican-approved Urdu translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has been published in Pakistan.

"We are so happy the work has been completed for this Holy Year of Mercy," Father Robert McCulloch, procurator-general of the Society of St. Columban and a missionary in Pakistan for 34 years.

It took 13 years to complete the translation, Father McCulloch told the Vatican news agency Fides.

The book "will be useful for catechesis at all levels, for children, young people and adults," the priest said, adding that many of Pakistan's Muslim leaders Muslims have offered congratulations and intend to use it to better understand the Catholic faith.

Father McCulloch said the translation was a creative endeavor, as there was no direct Urdu translation for certain theological concepts, like transubstantiation.

"No term used in the catechism has been left in Latin or any other language," he said.

"We had to coin new words in Urdu such as the translation of the concept of 'transubstantiation' and other concepts proper to the Catholic faith."

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