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Pope reconstitutes membership of Vatican agency on ecclesiastical universities

July 25, 2016

Pope Francis has reconstituted the membership of the Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (AVEPRO) for the next five years but has retained the agency’s president and director.

Pope Benedict founded AVEPRO in 2007 to help ensure that degrees issued by universities and faculties under the supervision of the Holy See would continue to be recognized in European nations under the EU’s Bologna Process. The agency’s task, according to its website, is “to promote and develop a culture of quality within the academic institutions that depend directly on the Holy See and ensure they possess internationally valid quality criteria.”

Father Franco Imoda, SJ, 79, the retired rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University and president of AVEPRO since 2007, remains the agency’s president, and Riccardo Cinquegrani remains the agency’s director.

Among the seven other members of the agency appointed by Pope Francis on July 25 is one American, John Garvey, who will serve on AVEPRO while remaining the president of the Catholic University of America.

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