Tai Pei (Agenzia Fides) - "Witnessing the Word of God, a new Evangelization - Pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved (Mt 9:17)": was the theme of the X world Congress of the Word of God in Chinese, held from January 22 to 26 in Tai Pei, organized by the Bible Association in Chinese.
According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, over 300 faithful attended the Congress from all over the world: Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand , England, Italy, Germany, Canada ...
As a point of reference of the work, the Congress took the Apostolic Exhortation of the Pope Francis "Evangelii Gaudium", with the aim to "reflect, share, listen, celebrate, study and to put oneself at the service of the Word of God in the Church, in order to spread the Word of God in the world, so that the Word of God may always be the core of the life and mission of the Church".
Some important anniversaries were mentioned: the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council and the publication of the Conciliar Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum; 40 years of the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation of Blessed Pope Paul VI Evangelii Nuntiandi; 15 years of the canonization of the Chinese martyrs; 3 years since the beatification of Fr. Gabriele Allegra, who translated the entire Bible in Chinese; the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Bible Association in Chinese.
Based on these ecclesial events, the participants highlighted that the Word of God has shaped the beauty of the many aspects of the life and mission of the individual communities. They also presented their pastoral and missionary work, committed to spreading the word of God in the contemporary world through new tools and new technologies, like the Internet, social networks ... Finally they proclaimed 2015 as the "Pastoral Year of the Sacred Scripture". (NZ) (Agenzia Fides 29/01/2015)