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Myanmar Church holds Bible seminars to foster love of Scripture

Workshop on 'how to teach catechism' attended by more than 40 theological students

Antonio Anup Gonsalves for CNA/EWTN News

Antonio Anup Gonsalves for CNA/EWTN News

Updated: April 22, 2015 01:17 AM GMT
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Myanmar Church holds Bible seminars to foster love of Scripture

Youth participate in a Bible seminar in Myanmar (Credit: Frather Bosco Saw/Pastoral Biblical Ministry)

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The Church in Myanmar is engaged in a series of biblical seminars to aid in catechesis and in drawing the laity to read and appreciate Sacred Scripture, heeding the call of the Second Vatican Council.

“Our vision is that Catholic faithful become the disciples of Christ who love, read, live, and share the living Word of God,” said Father Bosco Saw, national coordinator for Biblical Pastoral Ministry, on Monday. “It is part of my mission and it is growing.”

Father Saw cited the need for biblical-based means of teaching catechism, desired by religious congregations in the country. The seminars are meant to teach methods of sharing the Bible.

“We are pursuing our mission to lead and to empower the Catholic faithful to live out and proclaim the living Word of God.”

During a five-day workshop for the theological students of the Catholic Religious Conference attended by more than 40 religious brothers and sisters and held last November, Father Saw said “we deliberated on how to teach catechism using Bible stories”.

In Myanmar, he said, “the predominant mindset of the people is that Bible reading is meant only for priests and religious … so we use Bible seminars to educate and to help them to start appreciating, to love, to read, and to live the Bible”.

Around 20 Bible seminars have been held in Myanmar in the past year, with various events aimed sometimes at formators, or religious, or teachers, or the laity.

In addition, each diocese in the country has organized local workshops in parishes.

Original story: Burma's Bibles: encouraging love of Scripture among the laity

Source: Catholic News Agency

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