In the course of the Year of the Word of God and in preparation for the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Biblical Federation in November 2021, we invite all members and friends of our Federation to pray for God’s blessing, the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and the intercession of Mary, the Mother of the Word, for all its regions and their activities.
To animate this essential prayerful support, beginning with this month, we have opened a new section on our website, where prayer intentions for each region of CBF will be presented every month.
North-East Asia Region comprises of countries located between Hong-Kong and Japan. The greatest challenge in this region is the situation of the Church in continental China, where Christians cannot freely access the Word of God and openly practice their faith. Every three years, the region organizes a gathering of United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association, attended by delegates from all countries of Asia, including continental China. Noteworthy is the contribution of South Korea, which supports other regions in the Federation in publication and distribution of the Bible. This region has a great potential for further growth and expansion. One of the venues of this growth is connected with the presence and work of the biggest Bible printing press in the world in China, which enhances cooperation between Catholic and Protestant biblical institutions.
Following a meaningful celebration of the 50th birth anniversary of the first Chinese Catholic Bible (Studium Biblicum version, 1968-2018), over 200 participants gathered at the Eleventh World Chinese Biblical Congress held in late November in Hong Kong commit to continue promotion of reading and living God’s Word to bring forth fruit in all ministries of the Church.
Forty participants join a symposium on Oct. 18, marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Studium Biblicum Version — the de facto Chinese Catholic Bible — organized by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) at Beijing Friendship Hotel in the capital.