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Calstelgandolfo, September 17th, 2005

The SBF presents an Homage to the Holy Father
on the Occasion of the Congress of the CBF

From the 13th to 18th of September, 2005, the International Congress convened in Rome to discuss "Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church" on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution regarding the divine revelation "Dei Verbum". The Congress, which is endorsed by the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) and the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian Unity, was able to gather more than 400 participants among whom were present several Cardinals and more than 50 Bishops from around the world. The Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, who has been an "Associate Member" for many years of the CBF, was also there and represented by the Dean of the Faculty.

The participants to the Congress were all received by Pope Benedict XVI in an audience on Sept. 17 in the residence of Castelgandolfo. Thanks to the kindness of the President of the CBF, Mons. Vincenzo Paglia, the SBF was able to present a gift in homage to the Holy Father through the hands of Mons. Diego R. Padrón Sánchez, Archbishop of the metropolitan city of Cumaná (Venezuela) and former student of the Studium. The gift was offered in an artistic wooden and mother-of-pearl case containing a Herodian lantern, a 1st c. unguentary, and a small lamp with a cross dating back to the Byzantine Era.

The case with the objects.
(Photo by A. Sobkowski)

Mons. Diego R. Padrón Sánchez, former student of the SBF, and Mons. Vincenzo Paglia present His Holiness with the homage from the SBF.
(Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)

Pope Benedict XVI reads the distinctive label information that came with the objects.
(Photo: Felici)

The box with its objects.
(Photo by A. Sobkowski)

Catholic Biblical Federazione (CBF)
Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church
40th anniversary of Dei Verbum
Rome: September 14-18, 2005


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