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Sharing the Word at international conference in Rome

Catholic Mission’s National Director, Father Brian Lucas, will speak at an international conference in Rome this week on an innovative project providing opportunity to seminarians around the world.

The annual General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies opened at the House of the Salesians in Rome on Monday with the theme ‘Mission at the heart of Christian faith’.

Father Lucas will present a report on ‘Sharing the Word’, an online theological library initiative supported by Catholic Mission, the Australian agency of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

‘This is an extraordinary resource for seminarians,’ Father Lucas said. ‘Especially in those countries where it is not easy to find good theological resources and the acquisition of standard books is often very expensive.’

Sharing the Word is an online repository of over 7,000 theological texts, compiled by retired librarian of the Catholic Institute of Sydney’s Veech Library, Hans Arns.

It became a joint project of Catholic Mission and the Society of St Peter Apostle, which supports seminarians and novices in their initial formation for religious life, and has been rolled out in Zambia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Fiji, among other places.

The General Assembly was opened by Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and President of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

National directors from the organisation’s international offices have come from every continent for the week of meetings, which will conclude on Saturday with an audience with Pope Francis.   

Prior to the General Assembly, Father Lucas attended the meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies Finance Council, of which he is a member.  

Check out Sharing the Word here

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