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Benedictine College Names New Tower after Pope Saint John XXIII

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., honored Pope St. John XXIII on his canonization day by naming a new tower on campus after him.  The College also renamed its student center after Pope St. John Paul II, as was previously reported

The tower is currently under construction, but will be complete when students return to campus this fall.  The College reports:

“This really is a celebration of the Second Vatican Council,” said President Stephen D. Minnis. “John XXIII opened the Council, Pope John Paul II helped guide it as a cardinal and then implemented it as Pope.”

The college’s citation for the naming of St. John XXIII Tower states:

“A tower is an architectural feature that symbolizes vision. From within one can see far into the distance, and the tower itself can be seen from far away — it serves as a guidepost. St. John XXIII was a pope of vision. He saw the problems of the modern world and had the courage to offer a response – the Second Vatican Council. He knew that the Church must look to the future without fear and he saw that the modern world needed to look to the Church as a guidepost, a beacon of hope toward which the eyes of all peoples of the world are turned.”

Benedictine College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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