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Beatification sought for theologian Romano Guardini

July 20, 2016

The Archdiocese of Munich, Germany, will soon open a cause for the beatification of the theologian Romano Guardini.

Born in Verona in 1885, Guardini taught at the University of Berlin until he was forced out by the Nazis in 1939; he later taught at the University of Tübingen and the University of Munich; he died in Munich in 1968.

Guardini had a powerful influence on the thought of both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI. The former once considered making Guardini the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Guardini's master work, The Spirit of the Liturgy, was the inspiration for a book of the same title by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.


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