Father Patrick Joo Ho-sik, director general of Seoul archdiocese’s System and Information Department
Seoul archdiocese is gearing up to publish online a complete audio version of the Bible, following the successful release of an audio version for the web of the New Testament last March.
The archdiocese’s GoodNews service
yesterday announced the online audio release of five books of the Old Testament: Exodus, Judges, Ruth, Amos and Zechariah.
Other Old Testament books will be published as soon as recordings are complete.
“Old people with weak eyes as well as blind people can now listen to the Bible. Young people can also listen while they work,” explained Father Patrick Joo Ho-sik, director general of the System and Information Department of Seoul archdiocese.
“The project is still at an early stage so it may not be comfortable for blind people to actually use this service,” Father Joo added, noting that special tools such as a player for the blind will be added in the future.
The audio Bible was developed with the help of volunteers from Seong-dong Rehabilitation Center in Seoul who also record prayers and various diocesan weekly bulletins for blind Catholics.
The Korean Catholic Church launched the GoodNews service in 2005 immediately following the publication of Seonggyeong, a new Catholic translation of the Bible, in order to compare the new translation with the previously used Catholic-Protestant joint translation.
The service also launched an online version of the Bible in 2006 and a version for mobile phones in 2008.
Early last year, GoodNews also launched iPhone and Windows Mobile applications for Bible readings, hymns, information on saints, radio broadcast extracts and a Catholic address book.
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