His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias on 28th June, 2008,
in a colourful ceremony at the Holy Name Cathedral in Mumbai, released the New Community Bible and dedicated it to the Archdiocese of Mumbai and to the Church in India. “The new Bible will enable everyone to read, to listen, to understand, and to proclaim God’s Word”, said the Cardinal in his homily. He lauded the contribution of the Paulines in India to the Church and the world at large. Cardinal Simon Pimenta, Fr Varghese Gnalian ssp
(Provincial, Society of St Paul), Sr Ancy John
(Provincial, FSP), Fr (Dr) Augustine Kanachikuzhy ssp (Editor of the NCB), Fr Fidelis DeLima (Co-editor & commentator), priests, religious and a large gathering of the faithful were present in the cathedral. Either 28th or 29th June 2008, similar Release of the NCB took place in 25 parishes of Mumbai Archdiocese and in many other cities of India. In Mumbai itself
6,000 copies of the NCB were sold out on the first two release days.