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Church spreads Bible reading habit

Catechists aim to make more families take an interest in and read scriptures

  • ucanews.com reporter, Pathein
  • Myanmar
  • May 17, 2011
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Catechists have a major role in contacting villagers at grassroots level and Pathein diocese empowers them to spread ‘Bible sharing’ says Monsignor Maurice Nyunt Wai, in charge of the Commission for Biblical Apostolate in Pathein Diocese.

Thirty of the 98 catechists in Pathein diocese who have already attended Basic Bible seminar (BBS) and the Bible Facilitator Seminar (BFS) have been taking part in a four-day Co-Team Foundation Workshop (CTFW) in Pathein that finishes today, organised by the commission.

The selected 30 catechists must take responsibility for passing on the lectures to other catechists and the faithful with the aim of making more families take an interest in and read the Bible, said the priest.

He said: “As catechists are more in touch with the parishioners, I hope the 30 candidates can work more effectively and the more they read the Bible, the more it will deepen their faith.”

Moses Hti Khu 28, a catechist from the parish of Pein-ne-gone said that with the help of the CTFW workshop, he can now use the Bible for meditation and is also able to say his own prayers based on the Bible.

“I will try my best to give more knowledge to my people about the Bible," he said.

Elis 40, a female catechist from the village of Chanthagone, said she has been working as a catechist for 15 years but felt bored when reading the Bible.  “Now I need to work hard to spread the Bible and to get more knowledge of the importance of the Bible either for meditations or for prayers.”

Elis said that priests and nuns lectured them with new techniques in the workshop, which was very interesting. " I do really like meditating with songs."

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