For a priest to be without a Bible is surely unthinkable – which is why the seminarians in Sarajevo, in Bosnia Herzegovina are each to be given a copy of the Jerusalem Bible.

The Dean of the Catholic faculty there believes it is the most suitable version for them, since it contains additional explanatory notes for their future pastoral work.

Also important for future priests in this region, so marked by warfare and ethnic cleansing, is theological literature that deals with the moral aspects of violence and ideological manipulation and examines the ethical, historical and demographic aspects of inter religious relations.

Such writings already exist; they are sound and solidly Catholic. But now they need to be printed in book form. That is where we come in. The Bible and the relevant theological literature belong to the spiritual toolkit of these seminarians.

We have therefore promised help towards the cost of this project.

This article can be found in Mirror 0117.