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US priest named rector of Pontifical Oriental Institute

May 18, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has named an American Jesuit as the rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Father James McCann, 61, is the current director of the US bishops’ Office to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

Founded by Pope Benedict XV in 1917, the Pontifical Oriental Institute offers degrees in Eastern Church studies and Eastern canon law. The institute typically enrolls between 300 and 400 students per year.


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