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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to German theologian Peterson

Catholic World News - July 23, 2010

The July 23 edition of L’Osservatore Romano paid tribute to Erik Peterson (1890-1960), a theologian who specialized in early Christianity and converted from Lutheranism to Catholicism in Rome in 1930. Unable to secure a professorship because of his opposition to fascism, Peterson and his family were reduced to poverty until his 1947 appointment as professor at the Papal Institute for Christian Archaeology.

Noting that 2010 is the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the Vatican newspaper reprinted a brief essay on Peterson by Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz.

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