Training Programme in India
Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP) sent group of ten participant to attend the 4- week course on Bible “Walking with the Word” in Banglore, India. This course was organized by National Bible Commission, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre. More than 60 people participated from Mauritius, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Pakistan and different states of India.
The topics were Overview of the Old and New Testament, Passion and Resurrection Narratives, Gospels, Spirituality of the Prophets, Wisdom Literature and Covenants, Book of Psalms, Spiritual Perspectives of the Book of Revelation, Christian Life in the acts of Apostles and Basic introduction to the letters of St. Paul. Holy Mass and Meditation hours were attractive parts of the course. The main objective of this course was to give Biblical pastoral training to the young lay faithful.
Participants from Pakistan were Fr. Amir Shehzad OMI from the Quetta Diocese, Ms. Rubina David from St. Elizabeth Parish diocese of Hyderabad, Sr. Sumera Gull OP and Sr. Clara CJM from the diocese of Faisalabad, Sr. Jamila Hermas CSJ and Ms. Noamee Aster from the diocese of Multan, Ms. Rubbia James, Sr. Noreen Fazal SCJM, Sr. Tereza Sardar SCJM and Sr. Raphaela Taj FTL from the Archdiocese of Lahore.
During the Programme NBCLC celebrated the Golden Jubilee. Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops and Priests participated in this celebration. Thanksgiving mass was celebrated by Cardinal Cleemis and Cardinal George Alenchery of India. After Mass participants enjoyed Indian Cultural programme.
Pakistani participants shared their views about challenges, risks and successes of Christians in Pakistan. They also shared about activities and services of Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan. Pakistani group performed cultural dance and National songs. On behalf of the Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan, Fr. Amir Shehzad OMI thanked Fr. Sagaya John (Director NBCLC) for all his support and kindness.