The Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) is a Catholic world fellowship of international and local organizations committed to the biblical-pastoral ministry. created to carry out the recommendations of the II Vatican Council concerning the Bible.
Upon the initiative of Cardinal Bea and with the explicit support of Pope Paul VI, the “World Catholic Federation for the Biblical Apostolate” was founded in 1969 by Cardinal Willebrands, then President of the “Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity”. It was entrusted with the implementation of Dei Verbum, chapter 6 on “Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church”.
The Federation’s aim is to be of service to the Bishops in the fulfillment of their responsibility to proclaim the Word of God to all the faithful. Any Catholic organization engaged in the biblical-pastoral ministry and enjoying ecclesiastical recognition is eligible for membership.
The Federation relates to the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Today, the CBF is represented in 126 countries by 344 members.