"We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life" (1 Jn 1,1)

Year of the Word of God

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Catholic Biblical Federation and the year 2020 marks the 1600th anniversary of the death of Saint Jerome, the great translator of the Bible.

The happy coincidence of these two anniversaries inspired the Executive Committee of the CBF to encourage the CBF members to mark 2020 as a “Year of the Word of God” from the First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) until the feast of Saint Jerome (September 30, 2020). 

Year of the Word of God

50 years at the service of the Word of God

 The Catholic Biblical Federation was founded in April 1969 with the encouragement of Pope Paul VI for the implementation of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution Dei Verbum and in particular of its chapter on the Holy Scripture in the Life of the Church.

 The CBF members’ rich experience in Bible sharing and in the development of translations and materials within the various world cultures over the years provides a real treasure that can benefit the Biblical pastoral ministry of all Catholic organizations and associations devoted to the important ecclesial mission.  

Catholic world fellowship

The Catholic Biblical Federation is a Catholic world fellowship of administratively distinct international and local organizations committed to biblical pastoral ministry. To achieve its purpose the Federation is divided into regions and subregions in order to enable a more effective sharing of experience and collaboration among the members of a particular cultural or linguistic area in view of supporting their biblical pastoral ministry.

Europe

The region of great projects in the past and of equally great challenges in the present. The General Secretariat of the Federation is located here.

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Middle East

Catholic Biblical Federation of the Middle East was founded in 1985 in Egypt by Mgr Antonios Nagib, the former Coptic Catholic Patriarch. Since then,five countries adhered to the Federation: Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Iraq and Iran.

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Asia

Asiatic approaches to the Bible can be inspired by the wisdom traditions of the East and they often pursue holistic and integrative approaches. Second most active Region in the Federation.

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Oceania

Great physical distances and great cultural diversity make it difficult to coordinate and work together among the various members of this region with great potential that is yet to be discovered.

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Africa

The Region of hope and great challenges, where the Federation is present from the moment of its foundation.

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Latin America

The most numerous and dynamic Region of the Federation. With the entry of 4 new members during 2017, at 31 December FEBIC LAC accounted for 119 members, 35% of CBF membership worldwide.

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North America

A Region of great contrasts - large distribution of Bibles and little coordinated biblical activity. The Federation is slowly extending and reinforcing its structures here.

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Our materials

  • Church Documents

    We have made a selection of documents of the ordinary and extraordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church concerning the Bible, its study and use in the life, pastoral ministry and mission of the Church. All these documents can be consulted free of charge through this space that we put at your disposal.

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  • CBF Documents

    The Catholic Biblical Federation has as one of its objectives to promote the Biblical Animation of the Life and Pastoral Ministry of the Church. To this end, each Plenary Assembly issues a Final Document, which offers guidelines for the members of the Federation and the Church in General to promote and develop the Biblical Animation of the Life and Pastoral Ministry of the Church.

    Here you can consult all the final documents of the Plenary Assemblies of the Catholic Biblical Federation and other important documents and contributions of the Catholic Biblical Federation and its members.

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  • CBF Publications

    In the past, the General Secretariat of the CBF edited and published books and printed documents. Currently, these types of publications are offered free of charge in digital format.

    Here you will find information about books published in the past and digital publications available for free online.

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  • CBF Bulletin BDVdigital

    Bulletin Dei Verbum is published by the General Secretariat of the Catholic Biblical Federation. As a forum for reflection on issues in biblical pastoral ministry, Bulletin Dei Verbum publishes academic contributions, reports on projects and experiences of individual member organisations and CBF subregions, informs about Federation news and provides information concerning recent publications in the field. It appears twice a year in English, French, German and Spanish.

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  • CBF Biblical-Pastoral Resources

    We have selected and make available to you free of charge various biblical-pastoral materials produced by the members of the Catholic Biblical Federation from all over the world.

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News

Biblia Ndinga ya Nzambi

10 Oct 2019

After more than half a century of assiduous and corporate work, VERBUM BIBLE now presents the first edition of BIBLIA NDINGA YA NZAMBI. It means BIBLE WORD OF GODin the language called “Kikongo ya leta”, one of the four national languages of D.R. Congo, spoken by more than 5 million people.

Research Seminar on Biblical Interpretation in India

30 Sep 2019

Twenty-five years after the release of the document "Interpretation

Dei Verbum Nemi Course 2019

04 Sep 2019

With over 20 participants from different parts of the world and wit

Research Seminar on Biblical Interpretation in India

02 Sep 2019

Twenty-five years after the release of the document "Interpretation

Congreso Internacional de Estudios Bíblicos

20 Jul 2019

Desde el 16 hasta el 19 de julio de este año, en las instalacio

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About 25% of the budget of the Catholic Biblical Federation is funded through the fees paid by members in Europe and North America (the membership fees of other regions remain in the regions to help them create their own funding base) and the remaining 75% is covered by subsidies from catholic donor agencies and institutions.