Monday, September 22, 2014

About  Contact  Join  Donate


Catholic Education Daily

 

Professors React to Pope's Surprise Visit to Rome Academic Meeting

Two professors from the University of St. Thomas in Houston were surprised to meet the Holy Father last month when Pope Francis made an impromptu visit to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas conference in Rome, the University reported.

Dr. John Hittinger and Dr. Ted Rebard, both UST professors of philosophy, were in Rome from June 21-23 for this year's installment of the Academy's conference, titled "Believing, Loving and Living Truth."  The professors were two out of only 40 Church experts invited from around the world to attend the conference.  Other attendees included Cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Georges Cottier, Camillo Runi, and Archbishop Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

UST reported that Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the Secretary Prelate of the Pontifical Academy, "said the conference aims to join Emeritus Pope Benedict's inspired decision to rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed."

The University gave more information about the Holy Father's surprise visit to the conference:

The two-and-a-half day conference ended with an impromptu visit by his holiness Pope Francis.

“I met the Pope,” Hittinger said. “He is a kind man and very determined to reform the Vatican.”

Rebard, who has also been privileged enough to meet Pope Francis’ three predecessors, commented on the uniqueness of the Holy Father and his support of the mission of the Pontifical Academy.

“Francis struck me as plainly honest, simple and yet very deep,” Rebard said. “I believe he has a real and living confidence and trust in the members of the Academy.” ...

“It was a great privilege to hear and meet the speakers,” Rebard said. “I might never again in this life encounter such a collection of great thinkers.”

The University of St. Thomas is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Renewal Report

Departments

Minimize

Latest Featured

Catholic Is Our Core

Maximize

More News Categories

Maximize

Subscribe

Minimize

Join Us

Join thousands of Catholic families and individuals standing with The Cardinal Newman Society for faithful Catholic education. Members receive news roundups by email, about weekly.

Start your no-cost membership now!

Minimize

Donate

Our work is possible only through the generosity of countless supporters who share our mission. We have promoted and defended faithful Catholic education for 20 years! Please support our successful work by making a donation today.

Minimize

Stay Connected

Keep up with the latest developments by joining our social media networks:

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Linkedin

Connect on Facebook

Maximize

Links to News Sites

Maximize

Links to Blog Sites

Catholic Identity Concerns|Faith in Education|From the Bishops and Vatican|Religious Freedom | Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement
Copyright 2014 by Cardinal Newman Society -- 9720 Capital Ct., Ste. 201, Manassas, VA 20110