Every month, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on a special prayer intention. For the month of January, the Pope’s prayer intention is for young people and social communications media, specifically, that “young people may learn to use modern means of social communication for their personal growth and to better prepare themselves to serve society.”
Catholic resources for high school-aged youth and also for young adults abound. But there is not much out there specifically aimed at 10 to 13 year-olds, often called tweens. Given the computer-savvy nature of this population, a static website with Catholic doctrine is not going to draw much interest.
The Bishops Conference of England & Wales has sponsored a great website for tweens called Yfaith. The site is dynamic and catchy. It draws in the viewer (and not only if you are in this age group!) In many ways, the site utilizes the best features of popular secular sites — lots of interaction, surprises, videos by tweens, and many invitations to learn and discover. You just can’t predict what you will learn the next time you visit this site. Did you ever wonder how many times cheese is mentioned in the Bible? Visit Yfaith and find out!