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A message from Ishmael Noko of the LWF on the Pauline Year

A Pastoral Letter to our Member Churches and Institutions in Celebration of the “Pauline Year”: June 28, 2008 - June, 29 2009

Dear friends,

This year marks the celebration of the 2,000th birthday of the Apostle Paul!

Of course, we do not have a record of exactly when Paul was born: his parents did not know that he would grow up to be one of the most important leaders of a new movement not yet begun, which worshiped and followed a figure who himself was still a youth. But it was about 2,000 years ago, and that event deserves to be honored. We don’t know either when Paul died, but the church has honored him as a martyr and commemorated him, along with his fellow-apostle Peter, on June 28. And so this year, beginning on this festival day, there will be a celebration of St. Paul—of his writings, of the accomplishments of his life and of his faithful death.


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