The Catholic University of America

Oct. 29, 2008

CUA Receives Copy of Biblia Polyglotta
Multilingual Translation of Bible One of Only 1,000 Copies Printed

Father O'Connell holds a copy of the Biblia Polyglotta.
The Catholic University of America was the recipient of a copy of the Biblia Polyglotta, a new multilingual translation of the Bible, presented to Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of the university, during a ceremony held at the Embassy of the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28.

At the ceremony, Rev. Dennis C. Dickerson, chairman of the American Bible Society, remarked that this copy was one of only 1,000 printed by the society in honor of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops held in Rome Oct. 5 through Oct. 26. The topic of the synod's deliberation was "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."

The languages represented in this edition are Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Spanish and English. A special copy of the text itself was presented by Father Dickerson to Pope Benedict XVI prior to the opening of the synod in Rome. All the synodal bishops, including Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of CUA, also received commemorative copies.

At the Oct. 28 ceremony in Washington, a copy was also given to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, and to Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States and personal representative of Pope Benedict XVI, in recognition of their support of the publication project. Father O'Connell will donate his copy to CUA's John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library.

The five languages in which the Bible is presented are displayed in four columns and one row.