His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) and the Archbishop of Bombay released the English Standard Version Catholic Edition of the Bible (ESV-CE) and handed over the first copy to His Eminence Telesphore Cardinal Toppo, the Archbishop of Ranchi at a solemn function held during the 30th Plenary Assembly of the CCBI, at Bangalore on 4 February, 2018.

As reported by CCBI, His Eminence Cardinal Gracias remarked that “Releasing of the ESV-CE Bible is a historical event and it would be of valuable help to the people of our country and the biblical apostolate. The ESV Catholic Bible is the Indian Church’s contribution to the universal Church.” His Grace Archbishop Dominic Jala, the Chairman of the Commission for Liturgy and the Archbishop of Shillong, emphasized that “The ESV-CE translation came into being due to the preparation of the Lectionary for India and so it would be used not only for the Lectionary but also in the Divine Office and all Liturgical Books.”

ESV-CE is a joint venture of the CCBI Commissions for Liturgy and Bible. The ESV text had been studied by a team of Indian Catholic Scholars, headed by Rev. Dr. Lucien Legrand, MEP. During the 29th Plenary Assembly of the CCBI, held at Bhopal, the house unanimously voted in favor of the ESV.

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