Nuns giving away 75,000 Bibles

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MANILA, July 6, 2014 – A congregation of religious women aims to distribute 75, 000 copies Bibles in poor communities by October this year as part of its 75th diamond jubilee celebration.

“Both the rich and the poor need to relearn from the Bible and strengthen their faith,” Sr. Evangelina Canag, former provincial superior of the Daughters of St. Paul, said.

Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) former provincial superior Sr. Evangelina Canag (left) and current provincial superior Sr. Noemi Vinoya (right) at the congregation’s publishing house at their central house in Pasay City (Photo: Oliver Samson)

Bibles for families

Called “Biblia sa Bawat Pamilya”, this project of the Daughters of St. Paul,will circulate copies of the Bible in different dialects across the country to promote a deeper understanding of Scripture, Daughters of St. Paul provincial superior Sr. Noemi Vinoya said. The distribution will also be accompanied by formation.

The Bible is badly needed by the people trapped in a “collapsing morality”, Canag, explained, especially the poor whose faith is being put to test by poverty engendered by social inequities and natural calamities.

“Re-evangelizing the people is gravely required in today’s society where wrongdoings have become normal and acceptable,” she said.

‘Moral collapse’

It’s saddening that the act of seeking redress has become “offensive”, sometimes prompting violence, Canag said.

According to her, the Bible can lead the society from moral collapse and from worsening social inequities.

The congregation will push the project beyond the closing of the one-year observance of its 75th diamond jubilee on October 13, if they did not meet the target by that date, she said.

They may even distribute the Bible more than the targeted number of copies if needed, Canag said. (Oliver Samson)

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