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My dear young people,

With sincere love and a deep faith I write this letter to you in the name of Jesus, who invites you to receive in your heart the living Word of God through La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes.

The commentaries and pastoral supports will help the Good News of salvation to penetrate into your heart, so that you yourself will become good news to the people you know.

With blessings from the heart, your brother in Christ,

+ Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa
Cardinal Archbishop of Santiago, Chile

What is La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes?

La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes (BCJ) is the first Catholic Bible in Spanish designed for youth and young adults.

  • It contains the complete biblical text, with introductions, illustrations, reading plans, and support materials that help the reader to understand the biblical message.
  • It responds to the yearnings of the young with more than 900 commentaries that will help them get to know the Word of God, pray with it, and live it from their heart.
  • It offers input to help young people live the history of salvation from a communal and personal perspective.

Helping young people and pastoral leaders to bring the Gospel to the young who are thirsting for the Word of God, La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes realizes the vision of the bishops in Vatican II, when they declared that “the Church, with Motherly concern, sees to it that suitable and correct translations are made into various languages… translations of the sacred texts which are equipped with necessary and really adequate explanations. Thus the children of God can familiarize themselves safely and profitably with the sacred Scriptures, and become steeped in their spirit.” (Dei Verbum 22 and 25).

La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes also responds to the petition of the Latin American bishops at their meeting in Puebla—to make the sacred Scriptures the soul of evangelization, catechesis, and the liturgy, in order to respond to the growing desire for the Word of God. It is an ideal instrument for the New Evangelization requested by Pope John Paul II in Santo Domingo, and a means to achieve the goal of his exhortation Ecclesia in America: “The encounter with the living Christ, the road to conversion, communion, and solidarity.”

To order, use the form above, or call Instituto Fe y Vida for discounts on orders of 5 or more:


La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes is a lifegiving gift for all the young Latinos, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego and throughout the Caribbean, and a legacy to the young generations at the beginning of the Third Millennium.

Click here to enter the website of the BCJ (in Spanish), where you can get to know more about it, buy it, or download free resources for integrating Scripture into your ministry with Hispanic youth and young adults.


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