Saturday, 5 December 2009

Bible translation can help promote long term ecumenism

So here's a little story from ENI about how Bible translation can contribute to understanding between Christians - as well of course to people becoming Christians.

Baguio City, Philippines (ENI). Cooperation between Protestants, Evangelicals and Roman Catholics is growing strong a century after the Bible was translated into a local language in the Philippines, say Christian leaders. "We now come and celebrate together for this great gift of God through which his word, through translation, has become alive in us since 100 years ago," said Methodist Bishop Nathanael Lazaro, president of the Philippine Bible Society. Lazaro was speaking on 2 December during centennial celebrations in Baguio City of the translation of the Bible into Ilokano, one of seven major languages in the Philippines, which has more than 80 languages and dialects.