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Sweden recognizes 1st Catholic university since 1400s

September 08, 2010

In a message published September 7, Pope Benedict expressed his hopes that Sweden’s first new Catholic university since the Middle Ages will be characterized by “the illustrious tradition of study, the impartial pursuit of knowledge in all realms and a strong commitment, both with divine as well as with human reason.”

Founded in 2001, the Newman Institute was granted accreditation by the Swedish government in April, making it the first new Catholic university in Sweden since 1477. The Jesuit-run institute offers a bachelor’s degree program in theology, philosophy, and cultural studies.

Only 1.5% of the nation's 9.2 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.


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  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2010 6:09 PM ET USA

    I suppose this is hopeful news even if it is Jesuit-run