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   Black Catholic News [ January / February 2015 ]

New Bible Is Designed Specifically for Young Black Catholics

The African American Catholic Youth BibleIn January Saint Mary’s Press will publish The African American Catholic Youth Bible®, the first Bible designed specifically for use by young black Catholics in the US. It has taken five years for the initial concept to become a reality.

In 2009 John Vitek, president of Saint Mary’s Press, talked with Bishop John Ricard, president of the National Black Catholic Congress. Vitek wanted to do something to help evangelize a segment of the US Catholic Church that was being ignored. What could Saint Mary’s Press do to help move young black Catholics forward into a deeper faith experience––specifically as young black Catholics?

Saint Mary’s Press had already published The Catholic Youth Bible. It was not an adult Bible, with only text and footnotes. Instead, it included many special features that made the Bible more useful and appealing to teens. In addition to the biblical text, it had age–appropriate artwork, youth–focused articles and definitions, four–color inserts and many deliberate layout features (like narrower columns) that made it much easier for teens to read and navigate through. From start to finish, it was designed specifically for teens to use. Full Story

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