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Pope Francis greets Fr. Alan Fogarty, SJ
Report from Rome is a publication sent to friends, benefactors and alumni/ae of the Gregorian University, the Biblical Institute and the Oriental Institute. Here are highlights from our April 2015 issue.


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April 2015: Contents


The Gregorian University Consortium Special Papal Audience
on April 10, 2014
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Michael F. Kolarcik, S.J., Named Rector of the Biblicum


Nine of Twenty New Cardinals from the Gregorian University Consortium


William R. Grant Award to Peggy Hassett (Opens in a new page.)


Pope Francis Recognizes Martydom of Oscar Romero


Passages: Pittau, Becker, Egan, Hesburgh, Donahue


The Holy Father Names New Camerlengo and Vice Camerlengo,
Both from The Gregorian University


Michael F. Kolarcik, S.J., Named Rector of the Biblicum


His Holiness Pope Francis named Rev. Michael F. Kolarcik, S.J. as the Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Fr. Kolarcik's term as Rector began in September 2014.


Fr. Kolarcik was born in New Westminster, B.C. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1968, Guelph, ON, Canada and was ordained a priest in Toronto, ON, Canada in 1979. He started Biblical studies in 1980 at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and finished his doctorate in 1989. He began lecturing in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Regis College, Toronto immediately after the doctoral defense and remained at Regis College holding various administrative positions until 2014, when he was named Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute.


All through his time in Toronto Fr. Kolarcik helped with ministerial service at the Slovak Church in Mississauga and the Czech Church in Toronto. He has lectured and taught at Campion College, Regina, Canada and the Aloysianum in Bratislava, Slovakia from 1994-2003, and Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nine of Twenty New Cardinals from the Gregorian University Consortium


Pope Francis named twenty new cardinals who received their red hats on February 14th. The new cardinals come from 14 nations and five Continents, making them a highly diverse group.


His Excellency Msgr. Dominique Mamberti
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Studied Canon Law at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. José Manuel Macário do Nascimento Clemente
Patriarch of Lisbon
Studied Church History at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, C.M.
Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia)
Received his doctorate in Sociology at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Ricardo Blázquez Pérez
Archishop of Valladolid (Spain)
Received his doctorate in Theology at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Karl-Joseph Rauber
Titular Archbishop of Giubalziana (Tunisia), Apostolic Nuncio
Received his doctorate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Alberto Suárez Inda
Arcbishop of Morelia (Mexico)
Received his licentiate in Philosophy at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Kriengsak Kovitvanit
Archbishop of Bangkok
Studied Spirituality at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Arlindo Gomes Furtado
Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
Received his licentiate in Sacred Scriptures at the Biblical Institute.


His Excellency Msgr. Luis Héctor Villalba
Received licentiates in Theology and Ecclesiastical History at the Gregorian University.

Oscar Romero

Pope Francis Recognizes Martydom of Oscar Romero



Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith."


Archbishop Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass.


The Archbishop was an almnus of the Gregorian University, having received a Licentiate in Theology there.


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Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, SJ, Former Rector of the Gregorian, 1928-2014


After a life of generous and dedicated service, devoting himself in obedience and fidelity to the Church, the Lord has called to his eternal rest his Excellency Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau of the Province of Japan. He died on December 26, 2014 at the Loyola House community in Tokyo.


He was born in Villacidro (Sardinia, Italy) on October 20, 1928 and entered the Society on April 18, 1945 in Cuneo. After studies in the humanities in Cuneo, he studied philosophy at San Cugat (1949-1952, Barcelona, Spain). Missioned to Japan in 1952, he spent two years studying the Japanese language for further study of theology at Sophia University in Tokyo.


He was ordained on March 18, 1959, and was assigned to continue graduate studies in political science at Harvard University (Boston, USA) where he attained the doctorate. On return to Japan (1962), he was assigned to teach in the Faculty of Law at the Sophia University. He became Rector of this same University (1975) and then Provincial of Japan (1980).


In 1981, Pope John Paul II called him to Rome to serve as coadjutor of Father Paolo Dezza, who had been designated as Pontifical Delegate for the Society of Jesus at the time of Father Pedro Arrupe's illness.


In 1992, the Holy Father appointed him rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, a position he combined with the service as General Councilor and Delegate for the "Civilta Cattolica," appointed by Father General, serving in these roles until 1998.


On September 26, 1998, he received episcopal ordination (with the title of Archbishop of Castro, Sardinia) and the Holy Father appointed him Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He served the Holy See in various capacities: Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (1997), Consultant of the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Culture (1998), as Board Member of the Pontifical Health Services, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (1999), and Consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (2000).


Cardinal Karl Josef Becker, SJ, Gregorian Professor


Fr. Becker, SJ, (as he preferred to be known even after his elevation to the Cardinalate in 2012) was for more than four decades missioned to the Pontifical Gregorian University, serving actively as Professor of Dogmatic Theology from 1969-2003, and then for a dozen years as Professor-emeritus.



Cardinal Becker is remembered as a teacher, who happily shared his prodigious intellectual gifts and erudition with students and fellow professors in a spirit of humility and selfless generosity.


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Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Former Archbishop of New York and Gregorian Alumnus, 1932-2015


Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years, died on March 5, 2015 in Manhattan. He was 82.


Along with his elevation to the College of Cardinals in 2001, his appointment by Pope John Paul II to lead the Archdiocese of New York — to many the most prominent Catholic pulpit in the nation — crowned a career of more than five decades in his church. Nearly half of it was spent in Rome as a student, teacher, canon lawyer and ecclesiastical judge, and much of the rest in the senior ranks of the church in America.


As archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009 — spiritual head of a realm of 2.7 million parishioners, an archipelago of 368 parishes and a majestic seat at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan — Cardinal Egan was one of America's most visible Catholic leaders, invoking prayers for justice when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, and escorting Pope Benedict XVI on his historic visit to the city in April 2008.


Cardinal Egan's successor, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, said in a statement that Cardinal Egan "had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch" in his home at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.


Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Former President of Notre Dame and Gregorian Alumnus, 1917-2015


The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the former president of the University of Notre Dame and an alumnus of the Gregorian University, died on February 26, 2015. He was 97.


As an adviser to presidents, special envoy to popes, theologian, author, educator and activist, Father Hesburgh was considered the most influential priest in America for decades. In 1986, when he retired after a record 35 years as president of Notre Dame, a survey of 485 university presidents named him the most effective college president in the country.


"In his historic service to the nation, the church and the world, he was a steadfast champion for human rights, the cause of peace and care for the poor," the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, said in a statement. "Perhaps his greatest influence though, was on the lives of generations of Notre Dame students, whom he taught, counseled and befriended."


Sir Daniel Donohue, Gregorian University Consortium Benefactor, 1919-2014


Daniel Joseph Donohue, who through his work as the chairman and president of the Dan Murphy Foundation was the largest benefactor of the Gregorian University Foundation, died December 3, 2014, in Los Angeles.


He was born July 30, 1919. He married Bernardine Murphy on January 16, 1954, and in 1957 was a founding trustee of the Dan Murphy Foundation, which was named in honor of his father-in-law.


Sir Daniel, as he was known affectionately among his friends, was president and chairman of the Dan Murphy Foundation for forty years, during which time he guided the philanthropy of the Foundation to the benefit of the inner city Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, programs serving the poor, and the works of the universal Roman Catholic Church, including his wonderful generosity to the Consortium.


Sir Daniel was instrumental to the construction of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the establishment of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA, the founding of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, and the Papal Foundation in Philadelphia. He was a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulcher, and a Knight Commander of St. Gregory.

The Holy Father Names New Camerlengo And Vice Camerlengo,Both From The Gregorian University


Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, to Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. He studied Philosophy and Theology, and later Canon Law at the Gregorian University.


Rev. Msgr. Giampiero Gloder, Apostolic Nuncio and president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, to Vice Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. He studied Theology at the Gregorian University.

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