Thursday, December 07, 2006

Missionaries of "Lectio Divina" Being Formed

Code: ZE06120703

Date: 2006-12-07

Missionaries of "Lectio Divina" Being Formed

BOGOTA, Colombia, DEC. 7, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Latin American bishops' council has helped form 106 new youthful missionaries of "lectio divina" -- sacred reading of Scripture -- for Mexico and Central America.

CELAM's Pastoral Biblical Center for Latin America joined with the United Bible Societies in the project, which aims to form 10,000 such missionaries.

Under the agreement, a second formation workshop of national leaders was held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from Nov. 17-20, in which national leaders from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua took part.

Priests from the respective countries also took part to learn about the project, with an eye toward supporting the young missionaries in their respective nations.

The Tegucigalpa workshop was supported by Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the diocese's archbishop.

Inspiration for the project came from Benedict XVI's letter for World Youth Day on Palm Sunday of this year: "I urge you to become familiar with the Bible, and to have it at hand so that it can be your compass pointing out the road to follow."

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