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Tuesday, July 15, 2003


VATICAN CITY, JUL 15, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Justin F. Rigali of St. Louis, U.S.A., as metropolitan archbishop of Philadelphia (area 5,652, population 3,849,647, Catholics 1,488,316, priests 1133, permanent deacons 197, religious 4,077), U.S.A. The Pope accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese presented by Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua upon having reached the age limit.

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VATICAN CITY, JUL 15, 2003 (VIS) - A symposium on the theme "Universities and the Church in Europe" will take place from July 17 to 20 in Rome on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of La Sapienza University. One-thousand four hundred professors, students and academic authorities from 39 European countries and delegations from Australia, America, Asia and Africa will participate.

The symposium will be celebrated in the Pontifical Lateran University and in the Mariapoli Center at Castelgandolfo. It was organized by the Council of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE) and by the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education, Schools and Universities of the Italian Episcopal Conference in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research of the Italian Republic.

Bishop Cesare Nosiglia, delegate of the CCEE for university pastoral care, will preside at the opening ceremony on Thursday July 17 at 3 p.m. Later, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, president of the German Episcopal Conference, will speak on the topic "Universities and the Church in Europe: In Dialogue for a New Civilization." Walter Schwimmer, secretary general of the Council of Europe, and Eric Froment, president of the European University Association, will also speak.

A meeting for rectors of European universities is scheduled for the morning of Friday July 18. In the afternoon, study seminars, organized by Italian universities, will begin on the following topics: "The Human Person. Genealogy-Biology-Biography," "The City of Man. Society-Environment-Economy," "The Vision of the Sciences. Discoveries, inventions, technology" and "Creativity and Memory. The figurative, literary, musical and dramatic arts."

Participants in the symposium will go to Castelgandolfo on Saturday July 19 where they will be received by the Holy Father at 9:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. in the Mariapoli Center Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, metropolitan of the archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, Russia, will preside at a Eucharistic celebration. In the afternoon, representatives of different dioceses will debate the topic "Communion and Mission in the University."

Within the theme "Perspectives of the Church's Commitment in the Universities of Europe," talks on the following subjects will be given on Sunday July 20 at 9 a.m. in the Pontifical Lateran University; "The local Church in Dialogue with the University World," "The University Chapel," and "University Residences." At 11 a.m., the rector of the Catholic University of Eichstatt, Germany, will present a paper on "The Role of Catholic Universities in Europe." Fr. Francis Kohn of the Pontifical Council for Laity, will speak about the 20th World Youth Day which will take place in Cologne, Germany in 2005. After the presentation of the conclusions of the discussions, participants will attend a Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, presided by Bishop Amedee Grab, president of the CCEE.
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