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BEIJING, China – The month of November heralds the end of autumn and the start of winter. In the midst of this transition of seasons, the campus of the China Catholic Seminary was abuzz with activity on 10 November 2015. Many had gathered to witness a momentous celebration taking place that afternoon to commemorate 20 years of Bible ministry partnership between UBS and the Catholic Church in China. Leading the UBS delegation of 21 members was, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, member of the UBS Global Council.

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Catholic seminary student Du Buxing (L) believes it is important to study God's Word.

“I thank God for giving me this opportunity to study at the National Catholic Seminary, “says Du Buxing who hails from the Bameng Catholic Diocese in Inner Mongolia. “I am also grateful to the United Bible Societies (UBS) for sending Biblical lecturers to the seminary.” Each year for over a few years now, at the invitation of the National Catholic Seminary, UBS has been sending its Biblical scholars, Dr Yu Suee Yan and Dr Peng Kuo Wei, to teach intensive courses on Biblical studies. Describing these courses as beneficial to him, Du adds that the UBS scholars have helped him to know God more holistically by teaching him different study approaches to the Scripture. Read more [...]

Wang Yupeng, a fourth year student at the Beijing National Catholic Seminary leads a group of 10 believers in Bible Study at his church.

“Even though some of us are born into a Catholic family, it does not make all these Biblical ideas easier for us to understand. So as I learnt God’s Word in greater depth, there was a breakthrough in my knowledge of God,” says Wang Yupeng, a fourth year student at the Beijing National Catholic Seminary, from Jinan, Shandong Catholic Diocese. When Wang was a young Catholic believer, he found the reading and understanding of the Bible challenging and difficult in the beginning, particularly the Creation story in Genesis and the Israelites’ understanding of Creation in Exodus. “Which is the truth?” he used to ask himself. “The Creation story as presented in the Bible or the knowledge of nature as taught in our Science’s classes at school?” Read more [...]
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