Pope Benedict XVI starts off marathon Bible reading
Dave Keating | October 6, 2008 at 02:05 amby
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On Sunday Pope Benedict celebrated a huge mass to open a worldwide meeting of prelates at the Vatican. Over 200 bishops are attending that meeting, which is discussing the modern relevance of the bible. It will also have a marathon bible reading.
In the beginning Pope Benedict XVI read these words: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth."
And the pope and millions of viewers watching him on Italian television Sunday night saw that it was good.
The pontiff launched a marathon reading of the Bible, from Genesis to Apocalypse, broadcast live on state television. It will last seven days and six nights. The roster of about 1,300 readers features former Italian presidents, current Cabinet ministers, soccer stars, foreign diplomats, cardinals, intellectuals, actors and opera singers as well as ordinary citizens.
The Vatican invited a multi-faith, multiethnic cross section of participants to the event in the Holy Cross in Jerusalem Basilica here. They include Orthodox clergymen; an Algerian female writer and five other Muslims; and the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican, along with a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and 14 other Jewish readers.