Best wishes to Cardinal Thomas Collins

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in News |

The Catholic Biblical Association of Canada offers congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Cardinal Thomas Collins on his appointment to the College of Cardinals.  Count on our prayers and support as you assume a new leadership role in the Church.  In this time of the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith, may your ministry be sustained with joy and wisdom from the Word of God that you love so passionately.

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Summer novels are fine, but pick up the Bible, too, pope says

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in News |

By Catholic News Service

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — While there’s nothing wrong with a bit of light reading in the summer, reading a book or two of the Bible also can be a relaxing — as well as enlightening — vacation activity, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“Naturally, many of the books of literature we pick up during vacation are for a diversion, and this is normal,” he said Aug. 3 as he held his weekly general audience in the town square at Castel Gandolfo.

With some 4,500 visitors and pilgrims present for the audience, the gathering was too large to be held in the courtyard of the pope’s summer villa.

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Paul’s First Stop in Europe: Philippi

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Bible Blog, Scripture Blogs |


Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, OP

Sometime during the summer of AD 48 Paul sailed from Troas. This would have been his first journey by sea. Like all his contemporaries he would have faced it with trepidation. This time, however, he was lucky. They made the crossing to Neapolis, the port of Philippi, in two days, having overnighted on the island of Samothrace. On other occasions it was a different story. Paul tells us laconically, “Three times I have been shipwrecked; once I spent a night and a day adrift at sea” (2 Corinthians 11:25).

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Paul’s First Independent Mission

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Bible Blog, Scripture Blogs |


Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, OP

After they returned to Antioch-on-the-Orontes Barnabas and Paul had a disagreement, after which they went their separate ways. It cannot have been a major issue, because several years later they worked harmoniously together.

Paul recruited Silas (or Silvanus), and set off for Antioch-in-Pisidia. Clearly he intended to use it as a springboard to the west, as Barnabas and he had planned on the first expedition. This first independent journey took Paul into Greece. Only at the very end do we get a fixed date. He met the proconsul Gallio in Corinth in August AD 51. From it we work backwards, trying to fit everything in by guesswork. The beginning of this journey cannot be later than the spring of AD 46 when the snow had melted from the Cilician Gates and the high country beyond.

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Paul’s Apprenticeship

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Bible Blog, Scripture Blogs |


Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, OP

Paul’s intense fortnight’s reflection on the historical Jesus with Peter in Jerusalem must have filled him with fervour to tell the story of this extraordinary man. We should have expected Paul to rush into an intense missionary campaign. If so, it took place in Syria and Cilicia, but it has left no trace, and Paul effectively disappears for three years. We pick up his story again around AD 40 when Barnabas recruited him to work in Antioch-on-the-Orontes.

The infant church there had suffered persecution. The mother church in Jerusalem responded by sending a Jewish Cypriot convert called Joseph, to stabilize the demoralized community. His nickname Barnabas (meaning ‘son of consolation’) might explain why he was chosen for the task, or reflect the memory of what he achieved at Antioch.

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