Catholic Biblical Federation Meeting in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, SEPT. 2, 2002 ( The sixth plenary assembly of the Catholic Biblical Federation which opens here Tuesday will focus on the believer’s encounter with Scripture in a context of pluralism.

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This «biblical summit» will focus on the Acts of the Apostles, for starters. It also will focus on the 2001 apostolic letter «Novo Millennio Ineunte.»

The theme of the meeting, which runs until Sept. 12, is «The Word of God, a Blessing for All Nations.»

The Catholic Biblical Federation was begun in 1969 to promote the biblical apostolate in dialogue with evangelical groups, in the light of the Second Vatican Council’s «Dei Verbum.»

Its ordinary members are episcopal conferences, and its associates are centers and organizations of biblical instruction. The group is present in 123 countries and has 300 associates. Its new president is Bishop Vincenzo Paglia of Terni, Italy.

«The challenge is to communicate the Gospel in a rapidly changing world, as evidenced by the events taking place here in the Middle East,» the organizers said.

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