Studium Theologicum Salesianum
Salesian Pontifical University : Faculty of Theology - Jerusalem Campus

Book Presentations on Pius XII’s Divino Afflante Spiritu (Encylical Letter, 1943) AND Chiara Lubich’s Essential Writings- Spirituality, Dialogue, Culture


29 March 2017 STS-Jerusalem
LUSHIBASHI Vernon, sdb

Two students; Joel Moreira and Corres Kwak of the STS, Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University had a wonderful opportunity to present two different books. The attendance and the attention shown by the audience (Students and the members of the teaching Staff) during the presentations manifested their interest and willingness in acquiring knowledge.

Joel presented the Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII under the title Divino Afflante Spiritu 1943 on promoting Biblical Studies and compared it with Dei Verbum, Verbum Domini. In the contents of the letter, the presenter asserts that Pius XII is encouraging the historical-critical method, the translation of the Scriptures into the vernacular, but also warns against the dangers into which many theologians of his time had fallen, casting doubt on the authority of the Holy Scriptures as divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. Progress and prudence are the main points that marked the document that would be a consistent basis for later documents, among the most known: Dei Verbum and Verbum Domini.

Corres on the other hand, presented the book authored by Chiara Lubich whose title is “Essential Writings”. The author of the book is the foundress of the Focolare Movement. Corres, herself a member of the movement, first presented the structure of the book, its literary genre and then the content. During her presentation, she stressed main points of the author’s spirituality and ministry especially that of unity.

Upon finishing the presentations, there was enough time for clarifications and questions. Both presenters answered the questions firmly. This showed that both of them, Joel and Corres, had understood well what they had read in the pages of the books. Moreover, they both invited the audience to read the books presented, for more information.




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