Bible Competition in Bethlehem

Posted on Apr 5, 2019

We are Palestinians and we are happy to live the Gospel in the land of the Gospel.

The fourth and final evening of the Bible Competition ended on March 29 at the University of Dar al-Kalima in Bethlehem. More than 200 students from different Palestinian cities took part in the competition to represent their schools and parishes.

The Contest, promoted by the “Association of the Children of the Earth” and its director, Father Ibrahim Al-Shomali, aims to encourage students to read the Bible more deeply and continue to be connected with the Word of God.

SADEEM SALEH Latin Patriarchate School – Aboud “We are Palestinians and we are happy to live the Gospel in the land of the Gospel.”

LAMITA JAQAMAN Sisters of the School of St. Joseph – Bethlehem “I felt that I was aware of the verses of the Bible, but after reading I discovered that I was ignoring many things that I now know.”

The Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, H.E. Mons. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, blessed this activity and expressed his joy at the presence of new media, which allow young people to recognize the Word of God.

JOSEPH HAZBOUN Director of the Pontifical Mission in Jerusalem “The Pontifical Mission is very interested in all activities that promote the development of a sense of belonging to the land of Jesus among young men and women in the Christian community. From the past years until today, when we speak of the future of the Christian presence, we speak only of providing homes and jobs. But there is one other important element, which is the feeling of belonging to the land of Jesus. Hence the importance of biblical competition.”

Sintia Nazzi won the first prize as a representative of her school, Sant’Efrem Al-Syriani, in Bethlehem. She won a pilgrimage to Rome and she will met His Holiness Pope Francis.

SUHAI NAZZI Mother of Sintia “I’ve done a lot to help my daughter win and I thank God for that. I decided to support her after the third phase and I was reading with her and I asked her to go out if she felt tired. But she said, ‘Mom, don’t underestimate my abilities, I’ll succeed’.”