Multan (Agenzia Fides) - "Today we are happy to have put the Bible in the hands of our young people; I hope that this gift will help our young people to draw closer, in a relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the living Word. Our vision was to give the Bible in the hands of young people during the Year of Youth, which began in November 2019 and will end in November 2020, to help them live the faith and the message of love that is in the Holy Bible" : this is what Fr. Emmanuel Asi, Executive Secretary of the Biblical Commission of the Pakistani Catholic Bishops' Conference, addressing the young representatives of various Catholic dioceses of Pakistan. Bishop Indrias Rehmat, president of the Biblical Commission, and Bishop Samson Shukardin OFM, president of the Episcopal Commission for young people, presented and distributed the copy of the Bible for young people in the "Youcat" version during a special 4-day seminar held from 24 to 27 September, for young people from all over the country, at the Multan Pastoral Institute.
Fr. Emmanuel Asi reports to Fides: "when Bishop Indrias Rehmat was a priest and dean of studies at the National Catholic Institute of Theology in the Archdiocese of Karachi, he had started the translation of the Youth Bible in 2015 and finished it in 30 months. We then revised the text in Urdu and added images, maps of the Holy Bible, the chronology of the Holy Bible, quotes from the Saints, the preface from Pope Francis and references from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Fr. Emmanuel Asi continues: "We also included the comments of the faithful who draw inspiration from the Word of God and had an encounter with Jesus Christ, and the photos of the pilgrimages to biblical places, always in order to bring young people closer to the Word of God".
Fr. Emmanuel Asi also stated: "Thinking of young people, another great challenge was to maintain, in the edition, an attractive style and look for the writing, the images, the colors. It is a great joy for all of us to be able to present this work".
"We intend to hold a sort of competition for those young people who read the entire Youth Bible: even just 10 minutes a day, which will be finished in 1 year and ten months", he concludes, encouraging young people to become "true friends of the Word of God, guide for life".
(AG-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 28/9/2020)