While in Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI will hand out four copies of Aid to the Church in Need Child's Bible, God speaks to His Children, bringing the total number distributed in Brazil to 10 million copies.
The Pope will hand out the Bibles to four children during his May 12 visit to Fazenda da Esperança, a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts. The children are sons and daughters of currently recovering drug addicts.
The Pope will be formally handed the Child's Bibles by Antonia Willemsen, the niece of ACN’s founder, Fr. Werenfried van Straaten, and current president of the German section of the charity.
The Child's Bible is used for catechetical work with children and in poor and remote chapel-based communities, and it has been distributed in Brazil in three different languages -- Portuguese, Guaraní and Tukano, the language of the Tukano Indians who live along the upper reaches of the Rio Negro.
Since 1979, the International Year of the Child, ACN has printed and distributed 45 million copies of the Child's Bible in 153 languages and in 138 different countries. The book includes a simplified version of key Bible texts, arranged in 99 short chapters.