Tegucigalpa (Agenzia Fides) - From today until May 18, the Ordinary General Assembly of CELAM gathers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to discern "the signs of the times" posed by the reality of Latin America and the Caribbean and therefore to plan the new period of pastoral commitment over the next four years, from 2019 to 2023.
The note sent to Fides by CELAM informs that the Assembly is being celebrated at the end of the 2015-2019 four-year period, therefore in the light of the Global Plan, the management report of the ecclesial body of communion must be presented. It will therefore be a week dedicated to the experience of prayer, sharing in the life of faith and ecclesial communion, as disciples and pastors. The important meeting also serves to reflect on the major trends that characterize the reality in Latin America and the Caribbean and the challenges posed to the Church's pastoral commitment.
Among the innovations that characterize this meeting is the launch of the BIA or Bible of the Church in America (according to the acronym in Spanish): each participant in the 37th Assembly of CELAM will have the first examples of the BIA.
In this regard, CELAM recalls that this work was carried out in a meticulous way which started many years ago: "This is the publication of the entire Bible, created by a group of Latin American biblical scholars; an accurate translation made by and for Spanish speakers" explains the note. With the creation of the biblical Pastoral Center for Latin America (CEBIPAL) of CELAM in 2003 (now CEBITEPAL as it integrated the old ITEPAL and the Social School), the first steps of this project were taken which brought together a qualified team of exegetes, translators and linguists for more than a decade, between 2003 and 2017. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 13/5/2019)