Biblical Sunday, February 21, which is Septuagesima Sunday, will take on added significance in the coming year because 1943 will mark the fiftieth anni
versary of the great Biblical Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Pro videntissimus Deus, The Papal pronouncement, it was pointed out by the Catholic Biblical Association of America, settled many vexing problems, which were confronting the Church a half-century ago, notably the relation of the Bible to natural science, and set in motion movements which have led to the present high degree' of Biblical scholarship prevailing in the Church.
" The Catholic Biblical Association," it was announced. " plans to celebrate this notable anniversary throughout the year. beginning with Biblical Sunday, when, it is hoped, the attention of Catholics throughout the country will be directed by pulpit and press to the importance of the Bible in the intellectual and spiritual life of the Church.
" The April issue of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly will be devoted largely to a study of the Encyclical. The annual meeting, which if war conditions permit, will be held in Ottawa, Canada, next August, will direct its deliberations almost entirely to the study and discussion of the same document. In the autumn, it is hoped that a series of radio broadcasts will aid materially in calling the attention of all Christians in the United States and Canada to the love and care and scientific study which the Church ever has devoted to God's inspired word."