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The God who Speaks: The Year of the Word

Pope Francis wrote his Apostolic Letter 'Aperuit Illis'  in response to requests from the faithful around the world to celebrate the Word of God. This recalls the importance given by the Second Vatican Council to rediscover Sacred Scripture for the life of the Church. 

You can access Pope Francis' letter here. 


In partnership with the Bible Society, the Year of the Word focuses on celebrating, living and sharing God’s word throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales from 30th September until the end of December 2020.

The year 2020 sees the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI on The Word of the Lord.

During this initiative, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster invites us all to look inside this brochure. Here you will find the three themes and vision for the year, together with information about key events, resources and activities. Here too you can Journey with Matthew and his Gospel following the poster trail included in the brochure. 

The Vision

Scripture is foundational to the life of the Catholic Church and so encouraging all to celebrate, share and live out our faith through deeper Scriptural engagement, and creating new and renewed encounters with Christ through the Scriptures, is the key focus for the year.

Throughout the year the vision is to help achieve transformation in the faith and life of our Church and in the public arena through evangelisation, education, creative arts and social action.

Official Prayer 

Prayer of Blessing over Bibles 

Bible Society and the Chelsea Flower show 
Garden inspired by Psalm 23 

In May 2020, Bible Society is sponsoring a garden based on Psalm 23 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020.
After the Show, it is hoped that communities, churches and schools across the country will be inspired to create their own Psalm 23-based gardens in all kinds of places: church grounds, community plots, disused plots of land, unused school outdoor areas.  
There will be special resources for schools. This is particularly important for children who live in cities and may not have had the chance to get involved in gardening before.  


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