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Roman university announces chair for study of Pope Paul VI

Catholic World News - May 18, 2012

Rome’s Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) has announced the establishment of a faculty chair for Pope Paul VI.

At a May 18 press conference announcing the new post, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the former prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said that it is appropriate to study the influence of the late Pontiff because “Pope Montini was one of the great protagonists of the 20th century.” The cardinal said that Pope Paul’s “expert and sure hand” was essential to the work of Vatican II. “There are few like him who have known how to read the anxieties, the worries, the desires, and the weariness of the human being in our days,” Cardinal Re said.

The Paul VI chair at LUMSA will be devoted to historical research, including a study of the late Pope’s role in founding the Italian Federation of Catholic Universities and his work with relief efforts—especially with Jewish refugees—during and immediately after World War II.

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