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Word Of GodPope Francis declared a Sunday of the Word of God for Catholics. This year the Sunday falls on the 26th of January, just after the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The day of this new announcement was feast of Saint Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin, and who famously said: “Not to know the Scriptures is not to know Christ”.

Pope Francis is passionate about Jesus Christ and passionate about the Word of God. By inviting us to read the Word of God for ourselves, he hopes to help us all encounter Christ and catch again the energy and vision of the very first believers.

“I love my old Bible, which has accompanied me half my life. It has been with me in my times of joy and times of tears. It is my most precious treasure,” said Pope Francis. “I live out of it, and I wouldn’t give anything in the world for it.” (Pope Francis to young people)

“The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in your hands, to read often – every day, both on your own and together with others.”

“Why not read the Bible together as well – two, three, or four of you? In nature, in the woods, on the beach, at night in the glow of a few candles … you will have a great experience!”

Anyone struggling to keep their eyes open while praying can also take heart, as the Pope says he sometimes dozes off while saying his prayers. “But it does not matter,” he said. “I’m like a son with the father, and that is what is important.”

The Bible is a hands-on kind of book and the best thing to do is to open it for yourself. There is no need to start at the front of the book. Instead, you could choose to read a Gospel (perhaps Matthew) or one of Paul’s letters, such as Philippians… whatever is attractive to you.It might help to take shorter passages, such as the Sunday gospels, and use those for your prayer.

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