A very special book reading is now taking place at the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, in Rome. For seven days and six nights, the entire Bible will be read out, 24 hours a day, by over 1,200 volunteers in a variety of languages (though Italian will predominate). Bibbia Giorno e Notte (Bible Day and Night) is being broadcast live by RAI to mark the beginning of Synod of Bishops on the Word of God. The setting is absolutely breathtaking (tune in to see), and the reading is made more beautiful with musical performances by an astounding variety of musicians and singers from all over the world. People of all faiths were invited to participate, and the organizers received more than 180,000 offers. Clearly there is an appetite for this sort of event. It all started with a similar pilgrimage through the Bible in Limoges, France, and has since spread to other cities in France and Italy. I wonder how long before it makes its way to this side of the pond?
UPDATE: Er, looks like we crashed the server. The Bible is the best-selling book every year, and apparently it is pretty hot on the interwebs too. Oops.
UPDATE II: The webcast is back online, though it is a bit sketchy at times. If they do this again I hope they get more bandwidth.