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First Tetum-language New Testament for East Timor

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 Contents - Jul 2001AD2000 July 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Archbishop Pell receives the pallium - Peter Westmore
New Vatican guidelines call for sound, accurate liturgy translations - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
AD2000 makes impact on the Internet - Francis Young
Thomas More Centre Winter Schools 2001 for Ballarat and Brisbane
Education: National Catholic Education Conference: but who chose the guest speakers? - Michael Gilchrist
Carnivale Christi: an inspiring display of Christian culture - Angela Smith
Archbishop Carnley: controversial Primate - Dr Ian Spry QC
Basic Ecclesial Communities - Archbishop Leonard Faulkner
Report on Marins BECs workshop in Ballarat - Peter Finlayson
The case for more Church History in Catholic schools - Michael Lynch
First Tetum-language New Testament for East Timor
Letters: Australia's Patroness? (letter) - Rev W.J. Robley Adm
Letters: Ballarat Diocese (letter) - Peter Jenkins
Letters: Ambiguities (letter) - Philip Robinson
Letters: Mass media (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: New Testament books (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: De facto relationships (letter) - Deirdre Lyra
Letters: Church land (letter) - Charles Haber
Books: Testimonies to the Glory of God: World Youth Day Pilgrimage AD2000 - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: 'Five Loaves and Two Fishes' by Archbishop F. X. Nguyen Van Thuan - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: The Gift of the Rosary: How to make and How and Why to Pray, by Brian Peachey - Barry Morgan (reviewer)
Music: From the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit: - John Miles (reviewer)
Corpus Christi Seminary Inquiry Day
Reflection: An Australian World War II hero - Ron Cowban

The first ever edition of the New Testament in the Tetum language was unloaded in Dili last May. Fr Rolando Fernandez SDB - a Filipino priest from the Don Bosco Centre at Comoro near Dili - who worked on the translation for a number of years was overjoyed to finally see the project reach fruition. "What a wonderful day!" Fr Rolando exclaimed as he unpacked the 30,000 copies from the container in Dili.

The international Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, funded this unique project with a grant of $35,000.

Due to this grant Fr Rolando said "Now we will be able to send complimentary copies to all the priests and religious communities in Timor and then be able to sell the rest at a much lower price than it would have cost if we did not have the subsidy. And whatever gains we will get will be used to re-print the much sought-after Mass guide and songbook Hananu ba Nai."

Last year Aid to the Church in Need also gave a grant of $15,000 for the reprinting of 10,000 copies of the Child's Bible in the Tetum language after these books were destroyed in the looting and burning of Dili in September 1999.

For further information please contact Phillip Collignon, Australian Director, Aid to the Church in Need, tel/fax: (02) 9679 1929, E-mail: and website:

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 6 (July 2001), p. 13

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