On 31 October 2018, Pope Francis received in a private audience in the Paul VI Auditorium a delegation of the American Bible Society composed of 35 persons and led by Roy L. Peterson, President and CEO, and Jeffrey Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his speech commenting on a passage from the Letter to the Hebrews (Heb 4:12) the Holy Father recalled that “the word of God has the power to transform lives, for it is living and active… to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart". Also present at the audience were Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Rev. Avelino Gonzalez, Official of the Dicastery.
On the occasion of the annual retreat of the Steering Committee of the American Bible Society held in Rome, Cardinal Koch was invited to give a lecture on "Bible Engagement in Catholic Church Tradition".
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