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Pope meets with members of Pontifical Ethiopian College

January 31, 2011

On Saturday, January 29, Pope Benedict XVI met with teachers and students from the Pontifical Ethiopian College, and urged them to “walk resolutely on the path to sanctity.”

The Pontifical Ethiopian College was celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Justin de Jacobis, a missionary who was sent to Ethiopia in the 19th century and founded the first Catholic seminary there. He became a bishop—accepting the post under orders, after initially declining the honor—and suffered persecution for years before his death in 1860. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975.

On Saturday, January 29, Pope Benedict XVI met with teachers and students from the Pontifical Ethiopian College, and urged them to “walk resolutely on the path to sanctity.”

The Pontifical Ethiopian College was celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Justin de Jacobis, a missionary who was sent to Ethiopia in the 19th century and founded the first Catholic seminary there. He became a bishop—accepting the post under orders, after initially declining the honor—and suffered persecution for years before his death in 1860. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975.

The Pontifical Ethiopian College, located within the grounds of the Vatican itself, was established in 1919 to provide training in Rome for priests and seminarians from Africa.

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