Yesterday I wrote about how important it is to make an effort to read the Bible daily. It appears that the Pope is of a similar mind, and earlier this month, he started a week-long Bible-reading marathon:
RAI state TV began its program called “The Bible Day and Night,” with Benedict reciting the first chapter of the book of Genesis — the holy text’s opening verses about the creation of the world.
The marathon will feature more than 1,200 people reading the Old and New Testament in over seven days and six nights.
Besides Roman Catholics, members of other religions, including Jews, Protestants and Orthodox Christians will participate.
Every few chapters the reading was being interrupted for Christian or Jewish religious music, and opera star Andrea Bocelli led the first interlude Sunday by singing Bach’s “Praise the Lord.”
Hopefully this will inspire more than just a temporary hightened appreciation for scripture, but will cause people to start reading the Bible for themselves.