Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Greeting for the Website of the Catholic Biblical Federation www.c-b-f.org January 12, 2016
“Easy access to Sacred Scripture should be provided for all the Christian faithful” (Dei Verbum, par. 22)
Very honorable Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Members of the Catholic Biblical Federation,
I send you my warmest greetings on the internet site of the Catholic Biblical Federation and thank you for your interest in the work of biblical pastoral ministry all around the world.
It all started in 1969 with the founding of the Catholic Biblical Federation by Pope Paul VI. By today, this Federation has developed into an organization which has biblical pastoral ministry as its primary concern. Its task is even today – or especially today! – to implement in a concrete way the vision of Vatican II, expressed in the statement: “Easy access to Sacred Scripture should be provided for all the Christian faithful”.
I would like to express my warm thanks to all the proactive women and men who assume responsibility for the various tasks in biblical pastoral ministry and who devote themselves to this work with great idealism and personal commitment. My sincere thanks also to all the friends and benefactors, who through their prayers and their financial contributions continue to support and promote the work of the Federation.
Many have contributed in times past to the attainment of the goals of the CBF. We must now look forward with courage. For the future, I can only wish that the solidarity required to safeguard the work of the CBF will continue to be there.
It is Jesus Christ himself who wishes to be with men, who wishes to be present in a saving way in families, in society! Let us make this presence possible through our common service to the Word of God, so that this Word will be, and continue to become the source of life and of hope for the men and women of our time.
Together with my warm greeting, I wish the CBF the rich blessings of God and all the best!
Reinhard Cardinal Marx
Archbishop of Munich and Freising