Bengali Children’s Bible Available to Millions in India and Bangladesh

An Initiative of «Aid to the Church in Need»

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KONIGSTEIN, Germany, OCT. 21, 2004 ( The largest single project of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), «God Speaks to His Children,» a bible for children, has been published in Bengali.

100,000 copies of the book are currently in print and will be distributed among Bengali-speaking Catholics, the native tongue of more than 68 million inhabitants of the Indian state of West Bengal in eastern India.

Bengali is also the only official language of Bangladesh, which has more than 130 million inhabitants, among whom are approximately 265,000 Catholics.

The volume has already been translated into more than 140 languages. Over 40 million copies have been distributed around the world. This year the children’s Bible is being translated into 7 additional languages.

Published for the first time in 1979 in Spanish, the book has become an indispensable tool for pastoral work in innumerable communities worldwide.

ACN wants to translate this project into as many languages as possible due to their commitment to evangelization and inculturation of the faith.

ACN, an international Catholic charity of Pontifical Right, was founded by Fr. Werenfried van Straaten in 1947.

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