The Ecclesial Bible is the African edition of the Bible Official Liturgical Translation (BTOL). The Episcopal Liturgical Association for French-speaking countries (AELF) has given permission to the publishing houses Publicationes Claretianae and Verbum Bible to publish this work for the African continent, the islands and the Caribbean, through the intermediary of the Centre Biblique d'Afrique et Madagascar (CEBAM). Thus, it has the merit of being approved by all French-speaking countries. This is an achievement in the perspective of the unity of the churches in the Church. We thank Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF), the current Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples for his foreword.

In whole state of Arkansas in United States, there are only three predominantly African American Catholic Parishes and I am the pastor of two of the three: Saint Augustine in the city of North Little Rock and Saint Bartholomew in Little Rock. In addition to my responsibility as a pastor of these two Parishes, I am also a teacher of the Bible in a Catholic High School: Mount Saint Mary in Little Rock, Arkansas.

As in many other countries, liturgical assemblies at the end of September 2020 in Slovakia were signed by the limitations of prevention against the spread of covid-19. However, it did not prevent us from celebrating the conclusion of the Year of the Word of God.