The Catechism is revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1997. The second edition now includes more than a hundred additional pages, offering such new features as a glossary of terms. Most noteworthy, also include an index of citations from sources and in brief texts on core teachings.
The essential elements of faith are presented in the most understandable manner, enabling everyone to read and know what the Church professes, celebrates, lives, and prays in her daily life. The first new compendium in more than 400 years, the second edition of the Catechism stands, in the words of Pope John Paul II, as “a sure norm for teaching the faith” and an “authentic reference text.”
In 2016, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, was updated to reflect the 2011 English translation of Eucharistic Prayers, Creeds, and other texts in the Roman Missal, Third Edition.
Q: How does the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church differ from the first edition? A: The second edition differs in two ways. First, the second edition reflects the changes that were made in the final Latin text in 1997. Also, the second edition includes a new index. The glossary was also added in the American version of the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is arranged in four parts:
- The Profession of Faith
- The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
- Life in Christ
- Christian Prayer
Also, the content of the Catechism is faithful to Apostolic Tradition, Scripture, and the Magisterium. It incorporates the heritage of the Doctors, Fathers, and Saints of the Church and illuminates with the light of faith, contemporary situations, problems, and questions.