Benedict XVI to Deliver 10 Millionth Bible

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil, MAY 10, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will give four children Portuguese-language Bibles, published and donated by the charity Aid to the Church in Need.



One of those will be the 10 millionth copy of "God Speaks to His Children," a Bible edited for youngsters. The Pope will give the Bibles to sons and daughters of recovering drug addicts during his visit on Saturday to Fazenda da Esperança in Guaratingueta.

Fazenda da Esperança, or "Farm of Hope," is a treatment center in the south of Brazil for drug addicts.

Bishop Manoel Delson Pedreira da Cruz of Caico expressed his gratitude for the Bibles in a letter to the Aid to the Church in Need: " The child's Bible has become a fixed part of the catechetical program at the diocesan level."

Since 1979, Aid to the Church in Need has printed and distributed 45 million copies of the Bible in 153 languages and in 138 countries.