Wanted: young Catholic detectives


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LONDON, AUG. 24, 2009 ( A project sponsored by the bishops' conference of England and Wales has launched a program to generate biblical interest in "tweenagers."

A press release from the conference announced today that the monthly Bible Detectives' Quiz program, complete with prizes for those who correctly follow the clues, is now being offered on the Yfaith Web site.

This site, which caters to youth aged 11-13, is an initiative of the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation, an agency of the bishops' conference.

The detective program aims to further learning about Jesus and to encourage youth to read the Scriptures.

The quiz sends young people on a quest to discover answers to biblical questions such as: "How many times is cheese mentioned in the Bible? Who was shipwrecked and imprisoned repeatedly? How many loaves and fish fed three thousand people?"

Emily Davis, Yfaith Project Coordinator, stated: "Engaging young people with the Bible can be a real challenge.

"Youth ministry is often about finding fun ways to explore faith, and that's what we're trying to do with the Bible Detectives' Quiz.

"It's really rewarding to see this age group grow in confidence in using their Bibles as they find out fun facts as well as key truths about their faith. The quiz is an ideal tool for evangelization."

The quiz, along with other resources on the Web site, is also offered to support catechists, youth workers, parents, grandparents and chaplains who work with this age group.

Schools and youth groups, as well as families, are encouraged to access these resources for initiating activities centered on the Word of God.