Pope urges Catholics to read the Bible

Pope Benedict XVI told biblical experts that the ancient tradition of "lectio divina", or sacred reading of Scripture, should be promoted as a way to enrich the spiritual life of the church.

CLICK HERE"The church must always renew and rejuvenate herself" through "the Word of God, which never gets old or expires," he said.

Catholic News Service reports that the Holy Father urged a renewal of this ancient tradition, saying he was convinced it would "bring a new spiritual springtime to the church if promoted effectively."

The pope's message came in an address on Friday at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo to some 500 biblical experts, scholars and pastoral leaders attending an international conference in Rome.

The Catholic Biblical Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity sponsored the congress commemorating the 40th anniversary of "Dei Verbum," the Second Vatican Council's document on Scripture and revelation.

Pope says sacred reading of Scripture could help spiritual life (Catholic News Service 16/9/05)

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40 Years of Dei Verbum - Congress Website
Catholic Biblical Federation
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

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19 Sep 2005