Panjim, Goa 27 January 2021 (CCBI): Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Goa and Daman, urged the faithful to keep the Word of God close to our heart on daily basis. The Archbishop was releasing the book “Celebrating the Word of God” on Wednesday 27 January 2021 at Archbishop’s House, Panjim, Goa.

Echoing what Pope Francis had spoken more than once, Archbishop Filipe said “Let us make room in our lives for the word of God. Let us read each day, a verse or two of the Bible and allow it to inspire us daily. This volume helps us to realize and appreciate the place of Word of God in our liturgy, mission, and life as well as the significance of celebrating the Word of God on special Sunday”.

The book brings together four Church documents on the Word of God. It includes two Apostolic Letters of Pope Francis: (1) Aperuit Illis, instituting the celebration of the Word of God on a special Sunday of the Year and published on the 30 September 2019 (2) Scripturae Sacrae Affectus, published on the 30 September 2020. (3) The Roman Missal Lectionary Praenotanda, which contains the essential catechesis about Scripture in the Liturgy and (4) Note of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments for the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God, published on 17 December 2020.

“Celebrating the Word of God” is published by the CCBI. For copies kindly contact the CCBI General Secretariat or call Mobile no. +91-9886730224.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Alathara

Deputy Secretary-General, CCBI

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